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What does the treatment involve?

By restoring both structure and functionality to the tooth, crowns are often the best way to completely rebuild a tooth and provide an aesthetically pleasing finish.

At an initial examination, we ensure that the internal structure of the affected tooth is fully intact, and there are no signs of infection present. We also check the other teeth and gums are healthy.

To prepare for the crown treatment, we remove a layer of tooth structure, leaving a strong core. We take impressions of your teeth, so the crown can be made to perfectly match in both shape and colour, and fit a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.

When your custom-made crown is ready, we remove the temporary restoration and securely fit the permanent one into place, making sure you are completely happy.

How do I look after my crown?

The best thing you can do is keep on top of an excellent oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing twice a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also important to attend regular examination appointments with your dentist so they are able to keep an eye on your crown and ensure there are no issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are dental crowns, and why are they used?

    Dental crowns are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that cover a tooth or dental implant. They are commonly used to restore a tooth's shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are recommended for teeth weakened by decay, cracks, or excessive wear. They are also used to protect the structure of a tooth that has undergone significant dental work, such as root canal therapy. Additionally, crowns can serve an aesthetic purpose, enhancing the appearance of discoloured or misshapen teeth.

  • What materials are used to make dental crowns?

    Several types of materials are used for dental crowns, including porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal alloys, composite resin, or a combination of materials. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular because they best mimic teeth' natural translucency and colour. Metal crowns, often made from gold or metal alloys, are incredibly durable and are a good choice for back teeth. Zirconia crowns balance strength and aesthetics, making them a preferred choice for many patients.

  • How long do dental crowns last?

    Dental crowns typically last between 5 to 15 years with proper care, although many can last much longer. The lifespan of a crown depends on the material used to make the crown, the health of the underlying tooth, and the patient's dental hygiene practices. Regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene, and avoiding habits such as grinding or clenching teeth, biting nails, or chewing hard objects can significantly extend the life of a crown.

  • What is the process of getting a dental crown?

    The process of getting a dental crown usually involves two visits to the dentist. The first visit involves preparing the tooth, which may include reshaping the tooth's surface to fit the crown and taking an impression of the tooth to create the crown. A temporary crown is often placed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made. The second visit occurs when the permanent crown is ready; the temporary crown is removed, and the new crown is adjusted before being permanently cemented.

  • Is the procedure for placing a crown painful?

    The crown placement procedure typically involves some discomfort, but it is generally not painful. Local anaesthesia is used to numb the tooth and surrounding gums before the dentist reshapes the tooth and takes an impression. After the procedure, some patients may experience mild soreness, inflammation, or sensitivity, which usually subsides within a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort.

  • Can a dental crown be whitened?

    Dental crowns cannot be whitened like natural teeth because they are made from materials that do not respond to whitening agents. If you are considering whitening your teeth, it is advisable to do so before getting a crown. This allows the dentist to match the crown to the newly whitened teeth. If a crown becomes discoloured or stained, it may need to be replaced to match the colour of your other teeth.

  • How do I care for my dental crown?

    Caring for a dental crown involves the same maintenance as your natural teeth. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent decay and gum disease. It’s important to pay extra attention to the base of the crown where the gum meets the tooth. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential to ensure the crown and surrounding teeth remain healthy.

  • What are the risks associated with dental crowns?

    While dental crown procedures are generally safe, a few risks are involved. These include increased sensitivity in the crowned tooth, especially to heat and cold; the possibility of a crown becoming loose or falling out; and the risk of decay developing under the crown if not properly maintained. There is also a small risk of an allergic reaction to the metals used in some crowns. Regular dental visits help mitigate these risks by ensuring your crown remains securely fitted and decay-free.

  • What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?

    A crown covers the entire tooth, providing reinforcement and protection, while a veneer only covers the tooth's front surface and is primarily used for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are ideal for teeth that have been significantly weakened or damaged, as they can restore their functionality. Veneers are thinner than crowns and require less removal of the natural tooth structure, making them suitable for cosmetic corrections such as altering the shape or colour of teeth.

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