What Are Dental Crowns?
A crown (or a cap) is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It will also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
How Are Dental Crowns Made?
When you come to us for a dental crown, we will start by preparing the effected tooth, which will ensure that your crown fits snuggly and stays in place. We will then be able to take an impression of your teeth at our dentists in Essex, allowing us to create a perfectly bespoke covering for the damaged tooth or teeth.
We can then create your crown, using the highest quality materials for an end result that lasts you for years to come. The four main types of dental crown include:
- Porcelain-fused to metal
- Gold alloy
- Base metal alloy
The end result will be a smile that feels comfortable and natural, and looks and performs fantastically.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental crowns last?
If you look after your dental crowns, they can last for several years. The good news is that you don’t need to do anything special to get years out of your dental crowns in Essex, and simply sticking to a good hygiene routine will usually be all it takes.
Regularly brushing and flossing, as well as ensuring you attend regular dentist appointments should see you getting at least 15 years out of your crowns. It’s worth noting that although a crown will cover the entirety of your natural tooth, this doesn’t mean your teeth can’t still become damaged or decay if proper care isn’t taken.
Aside from brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist, other things you can do to prevent damage to your dental crowns include:
- Avoiding biting on fingernails, pen lids or any other hard inanimate object which could cause a dental crown to break
- Avoiding grinding your teeth together
For more advice, you can chat with our team at any point.
Do crowns look natural?
Yes. When you opt for a dental crown, we ensure that the fit is created from impressions made of your teeth, so that it performs and feels as close to your natural tooth as possible. To ensure it also looks like your natural teeth, we colour match it to the rest of your existing teeth so that nobody could tell the difference.
Who needs dental crowns in Essex?
Sometimes, patients are born with dental problems, such as Ectodermal Dysplasia or Dentinogenetic Imperfecta. These are conditions that require extensive restoration, hence why we provide dental implants and treatments, including dental crowns, which can be used to transform a smile.
There are several reasons why patients need dental reconstruction, including the following:
- Missing teeth
- Decaying teeth
- Broken teeth
- Old fillings
- Bite problems (overbite and underbite)
Bridges, crowns and veneers are often used for dental reconstruction, depending on the severity of the problem and can be used to enhance the functionality and appearance of your teeth.
How much do dental crowns in Essex cost?
We appreciate that any sort of cosmetic dental work can be costly, which is why we work hard to offer some of the most competitive prices for this type of treatment. Our dental crowns start from £650 per tooth, and we also offer a range of finance options to help you achieve your dream smile, without compromise.
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