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Dental Crowns restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth.  Also known as caps, dental crowns are custom-made restorations that are cemented into place over damaged teeth, helping to protect them from further weakening.

Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth when other conservative cosmetic options are not possible.

Why would I need a dental crown?

The primary purposes of a dental crown are as follows:

  • Protecting a tooth from breaking completely when it already has large fillings
  • Supporting a chipped or broken tooth
  • Reinforcing a tooth that has been root-filled
  • Improving the appearance of a tooth

What materials are used to make dental crowns?

There are a variety of options available when you have a crown at Cirencester Dental and Aesthetics. We will explore the choices with you and recommend a crown that suits your needs and budget.

  • All-Metal: Traditionally made from gold alloy, but also available in silver-coloured, non-precious alloy. These crowns are very strong and usually used for covering back teeth as they are less visible.
  • Porcelain bonded to metal: These have a strong metal core with a bonded layer of porcelain over the top to provide a tooth-like appearance. They are a good choice for most teeth. Sometimes the metal core can be visible at the gum margin of the tooth.
  • All-Porcelain or Ceramic: Made fully from tooth-coloured porcelain or ceramic materials, these are the most aesthetically pleasing crowns. They are the perfect choice for the front teeth and can also be used in the back teeth for a natural appearance. Nowadays, modern tooth-coloured ceramic materials such as zirconia are as strong as all-metal crowns.

What can I expect from the treatment process?

Once your tooth has been assessed to be suitable for a Crown, the treatment process usually requires two or three visits.  On the first visit, the tooth will be shaped for the dental laboratory to make the crown: Your dentist will numb the tooth as required to make it comfortable and then prepare the tooth to the appropriate shape. We take impressions/moulds and record the colour of your teeth; these are sent to a dental laboratory to make models used to create your custom-made crown. A temporary crown may be placed to protect your shaped tooth whilst we wait for your permanent crown to be made.

Your second visit, for fitting the new crown, will usually be scheduled two weeks after the first visit, when we expect the crown to arrive from the laboratory. We will numb the tooth if necessary, lift off the temporary crown, and then try the new crown in place. We check for a good fit onto the tooth, that it feels even when you bite together, and that the appearance is as you would wish. If all is satisfactory, then your dentist will securely chemically bond the crown into place using an adhesive resin.

If we do need to make some minor adjustments, then your dentist may apply a temporary adhesive to confirm that the crown functions properly, and then cement in permanently in place at a third visit.  If major adjustments are necessary then we may need to return the new crown to the laboratory for re-finishing, and then check the fitting at a further visit.

You will be shown the best way to look after your new dental crown, and with good care and regular oral hygiene, a crown will usually last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or longer, giving you a bright, appealing, and healthy smile. Good dental hygiene is important because you still need to look after the tooth under the crown, the gums and bone around the tooth, and the root of the tooth itself. Inadequate cleaning can lead to decay and cavities, gum disease and recession, bone loss, and ultimately losing the tooth and crown. Gum recession can expose the margin where the crown meets the tooth and make this join visible to others. Regular visits to the hygienist will make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy.

If you take part in contact sports, we recommend wearing a gumshield to prevent accidental damage to your teeth the dental crown.  If you are aware of clenching or grinding your teeth, we recommend wearing a biteguard to prevent excessive wear of your teeth and crowns. A custom-fitted gumshield or biteguard can be made by our dental team.

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