Crowns restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth. Also known as caps, crowns are custom-made restorations that are cemented into place over damaged teeth, protecting them from further weakening and injury.
The primary purposes of a dental crown are as follows:
- Protect a fractured or decayed tooth from breaking completely
- Support a chipped or broken tooth
- Improve the appearance and functionality of a weakened tooth
- Support dental bridges by holding replacement teeth in position
- Cover a dental implant
- Reinforce a tooth that has been root filled
Crowns are made from several different materials. We will review the available options with you and recommend a crown that suits your goals and budget.
- Porcelain fused to metal: These attractive and long-lasting crowns are a good choice for most teeth. Good dental hygiene is especially important because if your gums recede around the crown, the metal becomes visible.
- Porcelain/Ceramic : These are aesthetically pleasing and strong, making it a preferred choice for front teeth, or any teeth that demand a ‘natural’ appearance. Your dentist will chemically bond it with your own tooth for a secure and durable hold.
- Gold/Metal: This traditional crown material is a preferred choice for restoring back teeth, as it has characteristics similar to tooth enamel and will not wear down opposing teeth.
How are crowns applied?
Prior to fitting you with a crown, we will take an impression of your tooth to act as a model for your new restoration. Once the tooth has been prepared a further impression will be taken and a temporary cap will be placed over your tooth to protect it. When the completed crown arrives from the dental laboratory, we will schedule an appointment for you to have it fitted.
With good care and consistent oral hygiene, a dental crown will usually last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, giving you a bright, appealing and healthy smile for a long time. For more information on the benefits of dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Horfield Dental Care today.
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