You may have heard of dental crowns, which are also commonly known as caps – and what a fantastic description it is, like the caps we wear on our heads, dental caps offer many benefits to the wearer.
Dental crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay, large fillings, or previous root canal treatment. A crown fits over the remaining tooth structure, helping to reinforce its strength, allowing a long-term restoration.
Your new crown will look, feel and function just like any other tooth, making it a reliable and predictable solution to restore weakened teeth.
Like everything else, the lifespan of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself is not like a natural tooth, i.e. It will not decay; however, you must still care for any crowns you have as if they were your natural teeth as decay can occur where the crown edge joins to the tooth.
There are many reasons why you may require a dental crown.
Cerec crowns are an incredible type of restoration offered at Belmore Dental. We understand just how difficult it can be to take time out of your busy lifestyle to attend multiple dental appointments. That’s why we have invested in CEREC technology, giving us the ability to provide same day restorations such as crowns, veneers, and bridges.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are a more modern alternative to metal or metal fused crowns. These crowns are highly aesthetic and can be used anywhere in the mouth.
There’s no denying that fully ceramic/porcelain crowns provide beautiful results, however, depending on the location of the tooth the affected tooth, you may benefit from a restoration which also has the strength of metal.
Gold crowns are normally made from a combination of copper and other metals, such as chromium. The biggest advantage associated with a gold crown is their strength and durability. Gold crowns are not a very common choice in today’s society, mainly due to their colour and aesthetic look.
In general, the process for getting a crown involves:
Crowns are long-lasting dental restorations. When getting a crown, you can assume that it will remain in your mouth for many years, knowing this, you will want to ensure you choose the right type of crown, and the right dentist to provide your treatment. In this case, it is not always advisable to choose the cheapest option and the cheapest dentist.
Basing your decision for treatment on only ‘what is the cheapest option’ could lead to poor quality restorations, this could in turn mean, more money in the future, more time required and the possibility of pain and discomfort as a result.
Restorations such as crowns, veneers and composite bonding do not change colour with whitening treatments, only natural teeth are susceptible to whitening. So, if you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, we always recommend that you carry out a whitening treatment before we choose the shade for your new crown. If you decided not to whiten your teeth before having a crown fitted, and then changed your mind in the future, your crown may need to be replaced if it no longer matched your newly whitened teeth.