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.
What does treatment involve?
- In order for the crown to be accommodated, we remove a layer of enamel, but make sure we leave a strong core.
- We then take impressions of your teeth and record their colour so the crown can be made to fit perfectly.
- Between appointments, we 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.
Looking after your crown
While crowns protect the core tooth from decay, the area where the tooth meets the gum is still vulnerable. Keeping the area clean from bacteria will help the crown last longer. Great oral hygiene at home is the best way to guarantee a long lasting crown. That means brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing between your teeth.