A dental crown is one of the methods used for restoring damaged or missing teeth. Porcelain fused to metal or zirconium fixtures (or a cap) are commonly used to restore the visible part of the tooth.
Teeth that cannot be restored with traditional filling material are usually treated with the help of a dental crown. The dental crown is fitted over the tooth to conceal the cracked, discoloured, injured, or chipped tooth. When the crown is cemented, it completely encloses the visible portion of the tooth.
When is a Dental Crown needed?
Dental Crowns are used to:
Dental Crown Procedure
1. At your first visit, the dentist will take an X-ray of the tooth that needs treatment. In some cases, root canal treatment is needed before dental crown placement.
2. The process begins by giving an anaesthetic to numb the gum tissues surrounding the tooth. The tooth is then filed along the sides and the surfaces in order to create space for the crown to attach.
3. Once the reshaping is complete, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory. Usually a crown is created within two weeks.
You will receive a temporary crown to protect the filed tooth and so there are no visible gaps while you wait for the crown to be created.
4. On your next visit to the clinic you will receive a permanent crown. The temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one will be fitted. If the crown fits well, matching the shape and colour of neighbouring teeth, it will be cemented permanently.
Most of the time, teeth that have dental crowns do not require any additional dental care. However, dental crowns do not completely provide protection to underlying teeth from infections and gum diseases. Therefore, brushing and flossing regularly is essential.
Types Of Crowns We Offer
PFM or porcelain fused to metal crowns combine porcelain and metal elements for crowns. The porcelain covering encases the metal it is fused to. This combination gives the teeth a natural looking appearance, stability, and durability. At our clinics, we offer these types of dental crowns for £390.
Zirconium crowns are the most durable and natural looking type of crowns. They are crafted from materials that do not contain metals and will not leave black lines at the gum level. We provide these types of dental crowns for £450.
Dental bridges consist of multiple crowns and a pontic tooth (teeth)– a fake tooth (or teeth) between the supporting teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge might be required to restore the lost teeth. Overtime, a lack of teeth can cause problems with your bite and can cause your face to lose shape – skin and lips of the face start to cave in and wrinkles start to appear, corners of the mouth begin to droop, the shape of the face starts to deform.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridge treatment can help you:
Types Of Dental Bridges Available In Our Clinics
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
By maintaining a good oral hygiene, having regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning, dental bridges can last from 5 to 7 years, or even longer.
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