Shaped like a natural tooth a dental crown, also known as a ‘cap’, is an artificial restoration that fits over a natural tooth or the remaining part of a tooth. Crowns can be used for several dental problems:
- They can be used to protect what is left of a tooth after a root filling
- They are used a lot to improve the appearance of teeth that have been chipped or broken
- To cover the appearance of discoloured fillings
- To hold a bridge or denture in place
What are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Crowns can be made in a variety of materials but the two most popular are ceramic and porcelain.
Porcelain crowns are made from 100% porcelain and are used mainly for front teeth as they are very natural looking but not very strong. Porcelain bonded to metal crowns are much stronger than pure porcelain crowns. The base is made from precious metal then porcelain is applied over it in layers.
Ceramic crowns are completely metal free. They give the strength that a bonded crown gives but the appearance of a porcelain crown so are very popular.
How Long Does it Take to Have a Dental Crown Fitted?
Usually 2 visits are needed. On the first visit the preparation of the tooth to be crowned is done, an impression is taken and the appropriate shade selected. At this stage a temporary crown is fitted which is just a temporary measure until the permanent crown is ready. The second appointment will be to fit the permanent crown.
How Long Do They Last?
They can last for many years but it really depends on your dental routine and how much care you take of your teeth. In order to prevent decay affecting a crown it is important to brush regularly and clean between teeth with floss or an interdental brush.
The Smile Centre will be able to advise you on the best type of treatment for you. To book a free consultation, call us on 0800 327 7192. Alternatively, you can enquire online and we will call you back.