Teeth can weaken and break for several different reasons. Tooth decay caused by dental plaque and bacteria starts off as tiny holes, but if left untreated these holes grow and enlarge into dental cavities, which require dental treatment. Dental cavities reduce the strength of the teeth and in some cases the tooth can be lost all together. However, before this occurs cleaning and a dental crown can be used to restore some of the strength the tooth has lost.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is fitted over the top of your damaged tooth and fitted with a post to hold it in place. A dental crown can be made from a range of materials including acrylic resin, porcelain and other tooth coloured materials.
How is a dental crown fitted?
First your dentist will clean the area of the tooth that has decayed. This cleaning may also require root canal treatment to ensure that any pus or infection can be removed before the crown is fitted. Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned a post is added, to which your crown is fitted.
When would I need a dental crown?
A dental crown is required if the cavity in a tooth is too big for composite filling. A crown provides more strength than a filling and may often be required if a tooth is severely decayed. Crowns are also used to hold bridges into place to help hold the new teeth in place too.
Are dental crowns noticeable?
Dental crowns are created to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and are made of tooth coloured materials. Every crown is custom made for each patient, using dental impressions. Dental crowns can now also be held in place with dental implants, which provide an extra level of support. If you would like more information about dental crowns get in touch with us at Clifton Dental Studio in Bristol.