A dental crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a tooth, giving it a natural tooth appearance.A crown is sometimes called a ‘cap’. Crowns are a good way to restore broken, weak or decayed teeth. They are usually made of gold, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
When are dental crowns recommended?
Crowns are used to restore teeth that have:
Had root canal work.
Where there is severe tooth loss.
Where there had been restoration.
To replace existing crowns.
To protect restored teeth from further breakage.
To correct a bad aesthetic appearance.
To restore broken teeth and prevent breakage.
Dental Crowns are used in children to:
Save a decayed tooth that has been damaged.
To support a filling.
To protect a tooth that is at high risk of decay.
To decrease the frequency of the administration of anesthesia.
Procedure for dental crowns:
A proper clinical assessment is done and an X-ray will be taken.
The tooth will be prepared with digital scans that will be sent to the dental laboratory. After this, a temporary crown will be fitted. We are among the few clinics in the UK that use the iTero digital scanning system where the hand held wand provides a 3D and digital image of your teeth rather than using a traditional rubber mould. The digital image is then electronically sent to the laboratory speeding up the manufacturing process.
The itero Digital Scanner helps to overcome problems with impressions and the molds that traditionally needed to be taken for crowns.
The final crown is fitted once it has been returned from the laboratory.
Types of dental crowns available at our clinic:
All Ceramic Crown
All ceramic crowns do not have any grey metal and can be used for the front teeth. If the gum recedes overtime, there will be no grey margin visible.
Metal Ceramic Crown
Metal Ceramic crowns are generally used for the back teeth and feature a metal core and porcelain. However, thin porcelain layers may fracture more easily than other crowns.
All Zirconium Crowns
These crowns are used for the back teeth. They do not contain porcelain and so the risk of crown fracture is less. All Zirconium crowns require less drilling than gold crowns.
These are the strongest crowns that can be used for the back teeth. Gold crowns require the least tooth reduction.
FAQs on dental crowns:
Will I need a dental crown?
There are several reasons why you may require a dental crown. If you have tooth discoloration from an earlier filling/procedure, decay or if you need to protect a tooth, then a crown might be a good solution. If you are experiencing severe toothache fix an appointment with our dentists to find out if a dental crown will solve the problem.
How long will a crown last?
Your new crown should last from5 to 15 years. Having regular checkups and maintaining good hygiene habits may mean that your dental crown could last for 25-30 years.
Can my crown be visible?
When your dental crown is mad ewe will match the color with your surrounding teeth. At Camden High Street Dental Practice, we will help you to restore your confident smile.
Will I notice any difference after my crown is fitted?
You will find that the treated area is slightly different from other parts of your mouth. However, this will resolve after a few days. If it does continue get in touch with us and we will make any adjustments necessary.
How many dental appointments will I need?
Fitting a dental crown will require at least two appointments.On the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the crown and an impression will be made of the tooth. After this, a temporary crown will be placed over your prepared tooth. During this visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the final crown will be adjusted, fitted and cemented into place.
Will I have to replace my old crowns?
If your dental crowns have been damaged or worn down, then call us fora replacement. We will have to remove the crown and provide you with a temporary crown until the new crown is made.
If you have had dental crowns in the past, then older materials may be used for the crowns and you might choose metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns to restore your gorgeous smile and feel good about yourself.