If unsightly teeth are spoiling your smile, crowns can offer a neat, natural-coloured cover up.
Sometimes known as ‘caps’, they fit completely over a whole tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration or large fillings. Made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic, they can also be used to support a dental bridge or affixed to a dental implant.
Enhances the appearance of a tooth
Fixed (unlike dentures)
Improves eating and speaking ability
So the crown can be accommodated, we remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth, but leave a strong core. The amount of tooth removed depends on the thickness of the crown, which can differ depending on the material used to make it.
We then take impressions of the tooth and record the shade of your natural teeth so the crown can be made to fit perfectly.
Between appointments, we will protect the prepared tooth with a temporary crown.
When your crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent one fixed in place with a strong dental cement.
The best way to care for your crown is to stay on top of your oral hygiene – this means keeping your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice day and flossing between your teeth. You also need to see your dentist regularly for check-ups so they can keep an eye on your crown and the tooth underneath.
A crown protects a tooth from decay but not where it meets the gum and it does not protect against gum disease, so it’s important to keep the area clean and free from bacteria.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is also better known as Root Canal Treatment. Root Canal Treatment becomes necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes irreversibly damaged, and therefore has to be surgically removed.
Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms.