What Is A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are used to protect teeth, in instances when they have been cracked or fractured, badly decayed, or even damaged from trauma. A dental crown is usually made from porcelain, is extremely strong and gives a natural tooth appearance. Once placed it will protect the tooth from further decay and damage. Dental crowns can last you years providing you show them the same level of care you would your own teeth. It is advised that good hygiene is maintained at home, and regular dental and hygiene appointments are made in order to ensure the longevity of the crowns.
When is a dental crown used?
A dental crown is used to restore chipped or repair broken teeth.
A dental crown can be used when:
- A titanium dental implant is placed and a crown is needed to complete the treatment
- After root canal treatment to protect the tooth
- A tooth is badly decayed and there is not enough tooth structure present
- The tooth has worn away and needs protecting
- A large filling is present and needs strengthening
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What Does The Treatment Involve?
After the initial consultation with your dentist, the tooth is prepared for crowning. First the tooth is cleaned and reshaped (usually tapered) to allow the crown to sit over the top of it. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is taken and the crown (usually made from porcelain or metal) is built in a laboratory to precisely fit your tooth. As it usually takes a few weeks for the crown to be made, a temporary crown is used to protect the prepared tooth in the meantime. After the custom made crown arrives, your next visit involves the temporary crown being removed and the new one being fixed firmly in place with bonding material.
How Much Does A Dental Crown Cost?
We offer 0% finance to help spread the cost of the treatment. More information is available in our fee guide here