November 4th, 2016
Even the most diligent dental patient can be affected by accidents and injuries. If you break a tooth, or you experience severe dental pain, you may need a new crown. A dental crown is also known as a cap. It is a specially designed restorative device, which is applied to your tooth to make it stronger. If you need dental assistance, we’re always here to help! We pride ourselves in offering crowns fit for royalty in the heart of London. You can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands.
About dental crowns
Dental crowns are a form of restorative treatment used to strengthen and protect decayed or damaged teeth. You may need a crown if you’ve been involved in an accident or you’re suffering from a severe dental infection. In this case, a crown is usually fitted following root canal treatment. Crowns are custom-made to ensure that they fit over the affected tooth perfectly. They can be made from various materials, including ceramics and precious metals. Many people choose to have ceramic crowns, as they blend in with your natural teeth.
If you need a new crown, there are two options. The traditional method involves creating a mould and then sending it off to a dental laboratory. Around two weeks later, your bespoke crown will be fitted. The other option, which we are proud to be able to offer our London patients, is CEREC same-day treatment. CEREC is an innovative form of technology that enables us to design, fabricate and place a new crown all on the same day on-site. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and help you decide which course of action suits you best.
How long will my crown last?
Typically, crowns should last between 5 and 15 years. Once your crown has been fitted, it’s essential to look after it in the same way as you would a healthy natural tooth. Brush your teeth twice a day every day, and keep up to date with dental checks.
If you have any questions about crowns or other types of restorative treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
June 3rd, 2016
Our teeth are made of sturdy stuff, but they can become weak as a result of injury, infection, decay or trauma. If you have a weak tooth, there is a higher risk of further damage or infection and you may be advised to have a crown.
Dental crowns are a type of restoration used to make the teeth stronger and more robust. They are sometimes known as caps because they fit over the top of the tooth.
Why would I need a crown?
You may be advised to have a crown if:
- Your tooth is decayed
- You have fracture or chipped a tooth and it has become weak
- You have had dental implant treatment or root canal therapy
- Your tooth has been damaged as a result of an injury or accident
Crowns are a way of reducing the risk of further damage to the teeth and they can also have benefits for the look of your smile.
What are crowns made from?
There are various different options when it comes to choosing a material for your crown. Metal crowns are very strong, but they are visible when you smile, while ceramic crowns are much more aesthetically pleasing. One very popular option is a crown made from ceramic (usually porcelain) fused to metal, which offers both strength and beauty.
How is a crown fitted?
Treatment involves two key stages. During the first appointment, the tooth is cleaned and prepared. This involves removing all the decayed tissue and then creating an impression of the tooth, which is sent away to the laboratory. In the meantime, while the permanent crown is being fabricated by technicians, a temporary crown is fitted. During second appointment, which is usually two weeks later, the crown is fitted and secured into place using strong dental adhesive.
The procedure shouldn’t be painful, as the first stage is carried out under local anaesthetic.
How long will a crown last?
Crowns should last for several years, but it is important that you care for the tooth in the normal way. Although it is impossible for the actual crown to become decayed, the area that joins the crown to the natural tooth can become decayed. Contact the team in the heart of London for more help and information.