Crowns 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.
- Enhances the appearance of a tooth
- Can protect and strengthen the tooth
- Fixed in place
- Confidence boosting
Step 1 – Your dentist will remove a thin layer of your tooth, making sure they leave a strong core. The amount of tooth removed depends on the thickness of the crown, which can differ depending on the material used to make it.
Step 2 – Your dentist will then take digital impressions of your teeth and record their colour so the crown can be made to fit perfectly.
Step 3 – Between appointments, your dentist will protect the prepared tooth with a temporary crown.
Step 4 – Once your crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent one fixed in place with a strong dental cement.
The best way to care for your crown is to stay on top of your oral hygiene – this means keeping your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice day and flossing between your teeth. You also need to see your dentist regularly for check-ups so they can keep an eye on your crown and the tooth underneath.
A crown protects a tooth from decay, but not where it meets the gum, and it does not guard against gum disease, so it‘s important to keep the area clean and free from bacteria.
Digital Impressions provide;
- The highest accuracy and quality available
- Faster delivery of your final crowns
- More comfort compared to putty in mouth
- Higher precision when planning cosmetic dental treatment