Everyday, our teeth are prone to stress and damage. Whether it’s a small chip or more complex damage caused by disease, a dental crown can help protect from further damage and significantly improve the appearance of your teeth.
Whether it’s from gum disease, or an injury or fall, our teeth can get easily damaged. It can result in an unsightly chip, or the tooth may have to be removed completely. This can have a massive knock-on effect, causing increased gum sensitivity, decreased self-esteem and making it difficult to eat certain foods. Having crowns could be the ultimate solution, restoring your smile to its former glory.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a form of cosmetic dentistry, where the primary goal is to alter the physical appearance of the teeth. A crown is used to cover the outer surface of the tooth and can be matched to the colour of your other teeth so that it’s not obvious to others.
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, and due to an advance in technology, new materials are constantly being introduced. The vast majority of crowns are made from porcelain. The vast majority of porcelain crowns are bonded to metal, where a metal base is made and layers of porcelain are applied over it. Some crowns are made entirely of porcelain. While weaker than those with a metal base, porcelain crowns look natural and are most commonly used to cover the surface of the front teeth.
We offer a variety of crowns Other materials used include glass, which can be used anywhere in the mouth and look very natural, and ceramic, which offer the strength of bonded crowns without the metal. A ceramic crown also offers the appearance of a porcelain crown, and can be used anywhere in the mouth.
Use with Dental Implants
While porcelain crowns are often placed over existing teeth to alter their appearance, what if your teeth are missing entirely? If you have gaps in your teeth and want a full, healthy smile, dental implants can be used. A titanium implant is fixed to the bone and an artificial tooth is attached. After the healing process, which can take between three and six months, a crown can be fitted to the implant. Crowns combined with implants are a brilliant solution for a natural looking smile.
While dental crowns are used to cover isolated teeth, if you have multiple missing teeth in a row, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge. Our crowns are used to form part of a dental bridge, which are fixed to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. These form “anchors” for the bridge, and are the ideal solution if you don’t want individual implants.
Should I Get Crowns?
Getting your porcelain crown will mean you’ll get plenty of support from our team of experienced and dedicated cosmetic dentists. Whether you want to improve the discolouration of your existing tooth or prevent further damage and decay, you should consider a dental crown as a solution.
Getting crowns at Fresh Dental Smile Clinic is a painless and fast procedure. On your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by scraping the outer layer of the tooth to ensure your crown will fit. Impressions will then be made of the tooth and the opposite jaw. You will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth and approximately one to two weeks later, you’ll have your second appointment where the permanent crown will be fitted.
Looking After Your New Crown
It’s important to take care of your new crown, just as you would after any other dental procedure. You should clean your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste to keep them clean. While the crown itself will not decay, neglecting your oral hygiene could result in decay where the crown itself joins the existing tooth. Our experts in dental crowns will give you a full aftercare plan to ensure your crown lasts for years.
A porcelain crown can work wonders for your smile and your confidence. If decayed, rotten or missing teeth are affecting your wellbeing, a crown will restore your teeth. At Fresh Dental Smile Clinic, our team will take the shade of your existing teeth so that the crown will be closely matched, meaning your new teeth won’t look out of place. Have you considered getting a porcelain crown?