A dental crown is a tooth shaped hat that sits completely over a tooth to cover a heavily filled or broken tooth (or an implant), right down to the gum line. They are made from metal or porcelain or a combination of the two and are used to prolong the life of your own tooth. Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth and we would expect a high quality dental crown to last 10-15 years.
Why would I need a dental crown?
There are many indications for dental crowns. For example, to preserve a weakened tooth from fracturing, to replace a large filling when insufficient tooth is remaining, to protect a tooth following root canal treatment, to improve appearance of a poorly shaped or discoloured tooth, to hold a bridge in place or to prevent food packing.
What is involved?
Two visits are normally required to complete a dental crown procedure. At the first visit, we will use a local anaesthetic and prepare your tooth for the crown, take impressions, and fit a temporary crown. At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the definitive one after you have confirmed you are happy with the colour, shape and fit.
What if my crown comes off?
When a patient attends the surgery with a ‘crown that has come off’, the dentist always keeps their fingers crossed, that the core is still in place on the tooth and not inside the crown. When this happens, the prognosis despite best efforts is not good, since the remaining tooth often lies flat against the gum and achieving a good foundation to resist sideways chewing forces becomes difficult.
Can some crowns look better than others?
While all crowns are designed for function, the higher quality crowns have a special emphasis on appearance. Cheaper quality crowns can be ideal for back teeth and higher quality crowns such as ceramic crowns have better aesthetics, more precise matching with other teeth, and avoid the ‘grey line’ problem seen with metal bonded crowns, and so are preferable for the front teeth.
To find out more about dental crowns, or to book an appointment at Sharrow Vale Dental Care, call 0114 2686076, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message using our online contact form.