Return your teeth to their former glory!
Sometimes it takes a little crowning glory to restore at-risk or damaged teeth to their best.
Teeth will wear and tear over a life time and sustain damage due to accident, ill health or age. A dental crown or dental cap is a great way to strengthen and restore failing or at-risk teeth to full capacity, whilst maintaining a natural appearance.
Tooth crowning is often undertaken following root canal therapy. Custom-made to fit over the entire tooth, a dental crown protects an injured tooth and holds it together.
Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps, are made by different materials: acrylic, porcelain fused with metal or plain porcelain, and they’re used in cosmetic dentistry to assist teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, fractured or discoloured.
They can also be used in conjunction with dental implants to replace a lost tooth.
Find out how dental crowns or tooth caps can help to preserve your teeth in all their glory!
Contact us to make an appointment or read more if you want to know more about dental crowns.
Learn more about Dental Crowns
On this page
The enamel of our teeth is very strong but when it chips, cracks or fractures the structure of the entire tooth can be compromised. Dental crowns are a way to restore the integrity of that structure and can also be used to refine the cosmetic appearance of teeth.
A Dental Crown is sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’. It is a custom moulded dental apparatus that sits directly over the existing tooth to encase it and hold it together.
Although they can be used to improve the cosmetic appearance of malformed, discoloured or misshapen teeth, crowns will most often be used to restore ‘at risk’ teeth with large, worn fillings, cracks, very large cavities or that have undergone Root Canal treatment.
To restore the functionality of a damaged tooth, a crown has to be strong and be capable of withstanding considerable pressure. Most crowns will be made of porcelain, which may be fused with a gold alloy , or made of acrylic.
There are a few steps involved in getting a Dental Crown fitted. Diagnostic moulds and x-rays are taken to evaluate the tooth and determine if any treatment is required prior to starting the crown.
The tooth then needs to be shaped and prepared to receive the crown. A mould of the tooth is made and used to create an exact model from which the crown is prepared.
The creation of the model and the crown itself is a specialised practice and can sometimes take a week or more. To ensure the ‘at risk’ tooth is protected during this time, it is usually fitted with a temporary crown, which is held in place with special dental cement.
Some clinics will have computer aided design and manufacturing technology that renders a 3-D picture of the teeth and the restorative crown is then milled directly from a ceramic block and can be fitted on the same day, eliminating the need for a temporary crown.
If you do need to return to have a Dental Crown fitted, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement before checking the fit of the new permanent crown.
Once it is confirmed as fitting well, the crown is secured in place with permanent cement.
Following the fitting of a Dental Crown, it is common to experience mild sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures on the tooth for several weeks. This is only temporary and should subside on its own.
On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years depending on how well they are looked after.
The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth so continued oral hygiene is important.
Dental Crowns can be costly, but they play an important part in restoring your teeth to full-capacity. The average cost will differ between different areas and dental practitioners. An experienced dentist typically charges slightly more for the level of expertise and service they provide.
The type of materials used in the crowns plays an important part in the cost of the crown, and this can lead to how long the crown lasts.
When making enquiries with a dentist, it is important find out more information, than simply what the cost is. Find out what materials they use and how long they are likely to last.
If you’re looking for payment options to make your trip to the dentist more affordable, a dental payment plan can help. Ask your dentist about the payment options for the dental crowns.
Take the first step towards a new smile and book your appointment today.
A DCN dentist will be able to advise you on the best dental solution for your situation