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Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic teeth. Crowns can be made of ceramic, metal or a combination of both.
A crown is used to cover or ‘cap’ a damaged tooth. It is used for the following reasons:
The first stage of treatment is to discuss the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth, such as the length, shape and colour. Yourdentist and dental ceramist will construct the final crowns based on this information. Your dentist will then prepare your teeth by removing a layer from the surface of your tooth. This allows the final crowns to fit onto your existing teeth.
It normally takes 2 – 3 weeks to custom make porcelain crowns, you will be given temporary crowns during this time to protect your teeth.
Results & Maintenance
As with your natural teeth, you should return to your dentist every six months for a check-up and hygiene appointment.
If you suffer from cracked tooth syndrome or have a fractured tooth, a crown may be a necessary treatment. It will hold the tooth together and stop you from feeling pain when using this tooth.
Likewise, dental crowns are often required for patients whose teeth are weaker and need additional protection. This can be from severe teeth wear as a result of acid erosion or grinding, or from having a root canal treatment where the tooth has been hollowed out to remove an infection.
For aesthetic concerns such as misshaped or discoloured teeth, severely worn teeth, dental crowns can also be an ideal treatment.
During your initial consultation appointment, your dentist will assess your teeth and discuss your treatment options with you. Whatever your concern, whether it’s aesthetic, financial or fear of dental treatment, communicate openly with your dentist so that all your needs can be met.