Restorative treatment is very common because although the teeth are made of sturdy stuff, they are prone to damage. Crowns are commonly used to build up strength in the tooth when it has become weaker as a result of an injury such as a fracture, major chip, or decay.
What exactly is a crown?
A crown is a type of tooth restoration, which is placed over the top of the natural tooth to make it stronger and more robust. Crowns are also known as caps.
Crowns can be made from different materials including ceramics such as porcelain, and precious metals such as gold. In many cases, crowns are made from ceramic fused to metal, as this means that they are strong and durable, as well as aesthetically pleasing.
How is a crown fitted?
The treatment process involves two stages. During the first stage, the tooth is prepared, which means taking out the decayed or damaged tooth tissue and cleaning and shaping the tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared, a mould will be created and this is used by dental technicians to produce the new crown.
Once the new crown is ready, it will be fitted. The crown is placed over the top of the tooth and then secured in position using strong dental adhesive. Your dentist will then make any final adjustments to ensure that the crown fits perfectly and looks good.
How long does a crown last?
Crowns cannot decay, but the area where the crown joins the natural tooth can become infected and for this reason, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and treat the tooth as if it were a normal tooth. Crowns should last for several years provided that they are well looked-after. For more information or to arrange a consultation then contact us at Clifton Dental Studio in Bristol.