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Why would I need a crown?Crowns are sometimes known as caps, and they work to strengthen damaged, worn or broken teeth by sitting on top of the existing tooth structure. With a crown, the tooth is stronger and more resistant, and it will also look more attractive. The procedure involves removing decayed tissue from the tooth, reducing the risk of infection and further damage to the tooth. You may be advised to have a crown if:
- you have extensive decay
- your tooth has been weakened by a large filling
- you have injured your tooth
- you are having restorative or tooth replacement treatment, such as bridgework or implants
Replacing old crownsCrowns are hard-wearing and durable but they are not considered to be a permanent solution and they usually last for around 10 years. Once a crown becomes worn, it is advisable to replace it with a new crown to improve the function of the tooth and reduce the risk of dental injuries. Uneven crowns can increase the risk of injuries, as well as contributing to an elevated risk of bruxism (tooth grinding). At Clifton Dental Studio, we pride ourselves on offering the highest possible standards of restorative dental care and we use high grade materials, including porcelain, to produce natural looking, durable crowns. The crown replacement procedure usually involves 2-3 sessions. We will talk you through the process when you have your consultation and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
What are crowns?Crowns are restorative appliances, that are designed to strengthen and protect the teeth. They sit over your natural tooth and help to prevent damage and spread of infection. Crowns are also known as caps. You may be advised to have crown treatment if you have had a large filling in the past, your tooth has been damaged extensively or your tooth is infected. Crowns help to make a weak tooth stronger, and the procedure involves removing decayed tissue to reduce the risk of harmful bacteria spreading through the tooth. In cases where an infection has reached the pulp tissue, it is common to perform root canal treatment and then place a new crown. Crowns can also have aesthetic benefits. We can also use crowns to replace a missing tooth. In this case, the crown is attached to a dental implant. The implant replaces the root section of the lost tooth.
How long does a crown last?Once a crown has been placed, it should last for around 10 years. Crowns can be made from metals or ceramics and treatment usually takes 2 sessions. The first session is designed to prepare the tooth and the second session involves placing the crown. A temporary crown will be fitted to bridge the gap between the 1st and 2nd appointments. It’s important to take good care of a crown and look after it in the same way as a natural tooth. We will check your crown at every routine check-up.
About dental crownsDental crowns are restorations, and are used to strengthen teeth following accidents, injuries or infections that leave them weak and vulnerable. Crowns are placed over the top of the tooth, and they help to protect the tooth from damage, decrease the risk of a spread of infection and make the tooth look more attractive. We often recommend porcelain crowns, as they produce stunning, natural looking aesthetics and offer strength and durability. We can use crowns alone or as part of more intensive restorative treatment, such as dental implant treatment or bridgework.
What happens when a tooth is crowned?Before a tooth is crowned, the tooth is prepared. This involves removing all the decayed tissue, cleaning the tooth thoroughly and then shaping it. Once the tooth is ready, we will use dental putty to create a mould of your tooth. This is used by our highly skilled technicians to create your bespoke crown. When your crown is ready, we will place it over the top of your tooth and then secure it firmly using strong dental adhesive. It should fit perfectly and you should find that you get used to it very quickly. Modern crowns are much lighter and less cumbersome than the restorations of old.
How long should my crown last?Crowns usually last for around 10 years provided that they are well looked-after.
About dental crownsDental crowns, sometimes known as caps, are restorations that are used to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by injury, decay or trauma. With a crown, we are able to build up the tooth and restore its function, reducing the risk of infection and crumbling and enabling you to keep your tooth. Crowns are placed over the top of the tooth and they can be made from various materials such as porcelain, which gives a lovely natural looking finish. Crowns are designed for strength and durability as well as a aesthetics and they should last for up to ten years. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, as although it’s not possible for the porcelain to decay, the area of the tooth that joins the crown can become infected.
Crown treatmentWe usually carry out crown treatment over a period of two weeks with two separate treatment sessions. During the first session, we will prepare the tooth and create an impression to be used by dental technicians to create your custom-made crown. Preparing the tooth involves removing the decayed tissue, cleaning the tooth thoroughly and shaping it. Once the new crown is ready, the second session can take place. This is usually around 14 days later. The crown is placed over the tooth and then secured using adhesive. We will check that it fits perfectly and then you will be free to go and enjoy your new healthy tooth!