Dental crowns

If any of your teeth are damaged by decay, cracks, chips, or other forms of damage, dental crowns may be an ideal solution. Crowns offer both oral and cosmetic health benefits, reinforcing the structure of a tooth and in the meantime helping to make a smile look whole and natural again. Crowns are typically custom-made to blend seamlessly into each patient's unique smile. They are carefully crafted to complement the neighboring natural teeth in terms of size, color, shape, and texture and to restore integrity to the patient's bite.
In order to create a custom crown, the patient's tooth must first be prepared and a mold must be taken. A temporary restoration is then used to protect the tooth until the final, permanent crown is ready to be placed.
In some cases, dental crowns are used to secure artificial teeth (being part of a dental bridge). In other cases, crowns are secured to dental implants to replace missing teeth. The dental crown procedure usually involves two visits to our dentist over the course of 2 to 3 weeks.

Are dental crowns suitable for you?

While dental crowns can provide a significant cosmetic improvement to your smile, they can also provide strength and protection for weakened or damaged teeth. We recommend using dental crowns if:

  • Your teeth are seriously discolored and are unlikely to respond well to professional teeth whitening
  • Your teeth are extremely decayed or damaged
  • Your teeth require additional support and strength
  • Your teeth are chipped or cracked
  • Your teeth are disproportionally small or misshapen
  • You are unable to comfortably chew food
  • Your bite is not well aligned
  • The chewing surfaces of your teeth are worn down due to bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • You have undergone root canal therapy and need to protect the remaining structure of your tooth
  • The damage to your tooth is too extensive to support a filling, inlay, or onlay
  • You are replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant

A suitable candidate for dental crowns must also have healthy gums, because the restorations will work together with the remaining healthy portion of the tooth or dental implant to provide support for the crown.

The initial consultation about dental crowns

During your first consultation at Emergency dentist London, our dentist will assess your tooth to determine if it needs a crown, discuss your options with you, and answer any questions you may have about the process.

The primary step in the dental crown process is diagnosing the issue causing damage to your tooth. To do so, our dentist will complete a detailed oral and dental health exam, looking for signs of infection or decay. If you are already missing a tooth and looking to get a dental implant, our dentist will determine the condition of your jawbone, as well.

In addition to a visual exam, he or she may also take X-rays to look at the underlying structure of your bones and tooth roots. Based on the information our dentist collects during examination, he or she will make a recommendation for your treatment, which could include removal of decay, root canal therapy, dental implant placement, or, in severe cases, even tooth extraction.

Once our dentist diagnoses your condition, he or she will consult with you about the crown preparation and placement process. In addition to going over whatever procedures you may need before your tooth is ready for the crown, our dentist will discuss the material of the crown with you.

Results

The results of dental crowns are usually very good, but your unique success with this treatment will depend of your tooth's condition and the material you choose for your crown. Most dental crowns are very durable and last many years with proper care. You can usually expect your dental crown to:

  • improve your ability to chew and drink
  • repair the damage incurred to your tooth
  • enhance the appearance of your teeth, if you choose a tooth-colored material
  • protect the tooth from further injury

 You should discuss your desired results in detail with our dentist during your initial consultation.

WebMD has a must read article about dental crowns.

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