The aesthetic appearance of each individual tooth is vital to the overall maintenance of a perfect smile. Sometimes, however, no matter how rigorous your hygiene programme or how frequently you get your teeth checked by your dentist, things can go wrong and the resulting effects on the tooth in question can completely ruin the look of your smile. If your tooth is damaged, cracked or broken then it needs protecting for two reasons – to restore its appearance to that which it boasted before the damage was done and to protect its functionality and prevent further damage or decay. Even a single imperfect tooth, even if it is only slightly damaged, can have a severe effect upon the confidence of the person concerned, stopping them smiling and talking easily and, in effect, limiting their personality and ability to interact with others.
That’s why any such tooth should be repaired as quickly as possible and a Crown is the quickest, easiest means of doing so. Also known as caps, crowns take the form of an artificial covering which sits over the existing tooth, restoring its appearance and ability to do its job.
What are Crowns?
crown is a method of restoring a tooth which involves the cementing of a ‘cap’ over the existing tooth. In that way, the whole of the visible portion of the tooth is covered and restored with something which is manufactured to be an exact replica of the tooth as it was before the damage took place. Although the vast majority of crowns are porcelain or ceramic make, thus identically mimicking a natural tooth, it is possible to have crowns made out of metal such as gold, or from a combination of metal and porcelain. For an all natural, lifelike look, the best option is to go for an all porcelain or ceramic crown.
Why do we need crowns?
Damaged, unsightly or unhealthy teeth are not something which you should just be expected to put up with. Chelsea Dental Studio offer the full range of treatments designed to restore your smile to the condition you should reasonably expect and crowns are an excellent option in many cases. If the tooth has decayed to a degree where it will not support a filling or a large piece of the tooth has been chipped and fractured away from the rest then it may be impossible to build it up to its previous state using traditional techniques such as fillings. In such cases as this crowns are the perfect treatment and they can also be used to restore a tooth which has been repaired due to a large cavity, or to strengthen a tooth which has been subject to root canal treatment.
No matter why your tooth needs repairing, be it decay, damage, wear and tear through grinding or general discolouration, a Crown will turn it back into the perfect tooth you need for a perfect smile.
How They Work?
The principle behind dental crowns is actually extremely simple. After your dentist has taken an impression of the tooth in question, a dental laboratory will construct a crown which is a perfect match, in terms of size, shape and shade, with the rest of your teeth. This crown will then be cemented into place over your existing tooth.
Chelsea Dental Studio approach
Stage 1 - Your initial appointment with a dental surgeon.
At your initial appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss with you the range of treatments available. Then you can decide whether a crown will be the best option for repairing a damaged or unsightly tooth or not.
Stage 2 - Preparing the tooth for Crowning.
At the next appointment your dentist will prepare the tooth for crowning. This involves removing any decay and reshaping the tooth after having administered local anaesthetic. In order for the crown to sit comfortably, the tooth will usually be tapered.
Stage 3 - Preparing the Crown itself.
Once the dentist has prepared your tooth for crowning they will use dental putty to make in impression of your mouth. This mould will then be sent to a dental laboratory, where technicians will manufacture a custom made crown. This process normally takes between two to three weeks and during this time the dentist will fit a temporary crown in order to ensure that the prepared tooth does not get damaged.
Stage 4 - Fitting the Crown.
At this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown into place.