A. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.
A. There are a number of reasons, for instance:
A. Crowns are made of a variety of materials, and new materials are continually being introduced. Here are some of the options available at present:
A. The dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing most of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner ‘core’. The amount of tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown to be fitted. Once the tooth is shaped, the dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and another to mark the way you bite together. The impressions, along with any other information such as shade, will be given to our highly skilled technician, Atsu,who will make the crown.
A. No, unless the crown is fabricated only of metal, the crown will be made to match your other teeth exactly. The shade of the neighbouring teeth will be recorded by Atsu to make sure that the colour looks natural and matches the surrounding teeth. A temporary crown, usually made in plastic, will be fitted at the end of the first appointment to last until the permanent one is ready.
A. At least two visits are needed and a local anaesthetic is always used to ensure your comfort. The first appointment will be for the preparation, impression, shade taking and fitting of the temporary crown, and the second to fit the permanent crown.
A. The life of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. It is very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth, or decay may occur which could endanger the crown. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years.
A. Once the fit and appearance of the crown has been checked- and approved by you - it will be cemented in place with special dental cement.
A. Because the shape of the crown will be slightly different from the shape of your tooth before it was crowned, you may be somewhat aware of it to begin with. Within a few days it should feel fine, and you will become unaware of it.