What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are protective coverings that are cemented in place over an existing natural tooth. These tooth crowns, or caps, replace the visible part of the tooth, and are often used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. Dental crowns help extend the life of a natural tooth by restoring its shape, size, strength and appearance.
Our patients receive tooth crowns for many different reasons. Here are some reasons our dentists may recommend a dental crown for you:
- Your tooth is heavily decayed and is no longer strong enough to be filled
- The top part of your tooth has been accidentally damaged
- Following a root canal treatment, dental crowns can be used to strengthen the tooth and protect the root
- A dental bridge needs to be held in place
- A weak or cracked tooth requires protection
- A dental implant needs to be covered
- Aesthetic reasons to enhance your smile, such as covering a misshapen or discoloured tooth
Getting a Dental Crown at Southview Dental Care
Your dental crown treatment, like any treatment at our dental practice, starts with an assessment. Our team will determine if a dental crown is a viable option for your smile, and you can ask questions and get information about the procedure, so you can make well-informed decisions about your dental care.
At your appointment, we start by preparing the tooth or teeth that need a crown by shaping them into a form that will best support the crown. We usually create a shaped inner core from your natural tooth, which holds the dental crown in place. To keep you comfortable throughout your dental crown treatment, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it.
After we’ve prepared the treatment site, we take a digital scan or an impression (a mould) of the area and surrounding teeth. We send these scans or impressions to a skilled dental technician, who uses them as a blueprint to craft a perfect-fitting tooth crown for you. Until your permanent dental crown is created, we will fit you with a temporary tooth crown — however, CEREC One Day Crowns are an option at our dental practice if you prefer.
Once your permanent dental crown is ready, we’ll bring you back into our dental practice. During this appointment, the dentist will check the fit then bond the tooth crown in place with a special dental cement.
Caring for Your New Dental Crown
Your dental crown may feel a little strange for a few days, as they are unlikely to be exactly the same size and shape as your original tooth or teeth. This feeling will be short-lived, as you quickly become used to the tooth crowns, and you may even eventually forget they’re there. If a dental crown does feel uncomfortable, please let us know, and we will check it for you.
Tooth crowns can last for many years, but it is important that you care for them properly — simply give them the same diligent care as you do your natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day, and cleaning around the sides and under the gumline. If you’re concerned about technique, don’t worry, we will advise you on the best way to care for your new dental crown.
Dental Financing Makes it Easier to Get Tooth Crowns When You Need Them
At Southview Dental Care, dental finance options are available to help spread out the cost of your dental crown treatment. We offer 0% interest-free and interest-bearing finance for treatments costing £350 or more. Please let us know if you are interested in applying for one of our dental finance options.
Book Your Tooth Crowns Consultation
We hope we have answered all your questions about dental crowns, but if there is anything else you would like to know please get in touch. Our dentists will be happy to assess your suitability for dental crowns and recommend any other treatment options that may be of interest.
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