Restorative dental crowns are caps that fit over the top of damaged, broken or cracked teeth in order to restore their cosmetic appearance and protect them from further damage. They can be made from a variety of different substances including gold and silver but are most commonly fabricated from enamel-like porcelain.
Dental crowns have existed for many years but it is only in the last few years that they have improved to reach the incredible standards of realism and effective protection that they offer today. New computer-aided design and manufacture technology has allowed Swindon dentists to be able to fit beautifully engineered crowns in a fraction of the time previously possible.
There are many reasons why patients need crowns, ranging from further protective measures following root canal treatments to purely cosmetic reasons improving the appearance of a smile. Whatever the reason, dental crowns are fitted in the same way following preparation involving some removal of enamel. This allows the crown to fit naturally over the top of the existing tooth without looking out of place. However, as crown technology improves and crowns are manufactured to ever-higher degrees of accuracy, the porcelain becomes thinner, meaning less enamel needs to be removed prior to fitting.
A dental crown procedure will usually involve several visits to the dentist to complete. It is usually a relatively painless procedure unless the teeth are being repaired due to structural damage. Once fitted, if properly cared for, a dental crown will offer added protection against further injury, restore the cosmetic appearance of the tooth and resist stains for up to fifteen years.