A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. Crowns can be used for several reasons:
– As a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth
– As a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
– To correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration
No matter what your reason for choosing to get your teeth crowned, Focus Dental Clinic can offer a premium service, using skilled dentistry and the latest technology to give you a reason to smile.
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At Focus Dental Clinic we take care to ensure that crowns are right for you, and that they are fitted efficiently to avoid any potential problems in the future. Firstly, a thorough clinical examination is conducted with radiographs by your expert dentist. The suitability for crowns is assessed and any preparatory work is carried out. Your dentist will also be able to offer professional advice on material choices, treatment sequence and any other concerns you may have.
At the second appointment, the teeth to be crowned are prepared. This involves reduction of the tooth size (usually under local anaesthesia) followed by making an impression or mould of the prepared tooth. This trimming of the tooth is required to create space for the crown to be fitted in your mouth. The mould taken is then sent to a laboratory where skilled technicians will fabricate the crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the trimmed tooth.
At the third appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth surfaces cleaned. The completed crown is tried on the tooth for fit, how it harmonises with your bite, and to ensure it achieves your desired appearance. Finally, the crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth with dental cement.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials such as plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximise strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth, which gives a more authentic aesthetic.
Crowns are made of inert materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease and must be cared for to avoid these problems.
Ceramic on the surface of your crown may chip or fracture, so patients should avoid chewing excessively-hard substances like ice or bones. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the crown trouble-free. The most vulnerable portion of the crown is the margin or the junction between tooth and crown, which should be treated with care. Regular check-ups at our Essex clinic will enable your dentist to detect any problems with your crown and recommend necessary treatment.