Crowns are used when a tooth is damaged and needs to be repaired and protected, or when a weak tooth needs to be strengthened.
About crowns at Glenfield Dental
A crown is a type of dental restoration that is designed to effectively cover a damaged tooth. At Glenfield Dental we will recommend a crown in cases where we need to:
- Restore a broken or fractured tooth
- Protect a weakened tooth from fracture
- Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
- Cover a dental implant or attach a dental bridge
- Cover and protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- Cover a tooth that is discoloured or misshapen
Crowns can be made from a number of different materials, from plastic to ceramics and metals, e.g. gold. However, porcelain crowns are very popular at Glenfield Dental due to their natural appearance and incredible strength.
Here at Glenfield Dental the procedure for placing a crown usually takes place in two appointments. During the first appointment, we will prepare your teeth and take impressions so that your unique crown can be created in the laboratory by our highly skilled dental technicians. The preparation process involves reshaping the tooth to make sure that the crown will be a perfect fit.
You will leave the practice with a temporary crown and when you return for your second appointment we will fit your brand new permanent crown.
The benefits of a dental crown
There are numerous benefits to having a dental crown placed. A crown will restore a fractured tooth to its original shape. As well as allowing the tooth to function normally, this also improves the aesthetic of the smile. Crowns are also very strong and, depending on the materials used, can look identical to the natural teeth.
How long does a crown last?
Crowns are a popular choice for tooth restorations and provided that you follow a good oral hygiene regime, it should last for a number of years. The crown itself will not become decayed, however decay can occur where the edge of the crown is bonded to the tooth. Therefore it is vital to ensure you clean this area thoroughly when you brush your teeth.