A solution for badly damaged or decayed teeth.
A dental crown is a common treatment used for badly damaged or decayed teeth. They sit on the tooth covering the outside to increase strength and stability of the existing tooth.
Why would I need a crown?
There are many reasons a crown may be suitable for you these include:
- Large filling:
When a tooth is in need of a large filling due to having a large cavity or fracture it needs to be covered by a crown. This is due to the remaining part of the infected tooth not being strong enough to hold the filling and is more likely to fracture.
- Root Canal Treatment:
After the root canal treatment has been carried out, it is highly likely the remaining part of the tooth will be very weak and will need a crown to prevent it from fracturing.
- Excessive wear
If you grind your teeth, you might find that this affects your teeth in terms of shape and size. This can be resolved by adding a crown to the affected teeth.
- Enhancing the appearance of teeth.
Crowns can increase the appearance of decoloured teeth and also be used to fill in gaps between teeth. As an alternative to veneers they are an effective way to enhance your natural smile.
What are the different types of crowns?
The type of crown you will need will depend on which one the dentist feels will be most suitable for your individual needs.
Crowns that are made out of metal are a suitable option as they are durable, have a high resistant to corrosion and do not have to have as much of the existing tooth shaved down as the other materials.
These are the most suitable crowns for front teeth or teeth that can be seen when you smile as they have advantages of been able to match your existing teeth. The porcelain crowns are fused to metal making them both strong and aesthetically pleasing.
- All ceramic
These are commonly used for upper front incisors. The advantages include being able to match the colour of your existing teeth by being translucent which allows for a closer match in shade and size. They are however not as hard wearing as metal crowns and are not suitable for chewing or biting.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is used between two crowns to fill the area which is caused by several missing teeth. When crowns are used on dental implants the spaces in between them can be filled using a bridge, which adds stability to the surrounding teeth.
What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?
Crowns and veneers are both used as an option to enhance the appearance of your natural smile. Very little people know the difference between the two. Crowns are mainly used to recover teeth from infection or disease, restoring their shape and strength where veneers are usually used for cosmetic reasons.
A main difference is that a crown typically covers the whole tooth whereas veneers are used to cover the front surface of the teeth. This means crowns are much thicker and require more shaving of the tooth it is covering. Crowns allow for a more significant change of shape to the tooth, whereas veneers offer a minor shape change.
Crown and Bridges West End
At My Dental Care @ West End, we can provide extensive advice and recommendations with crowns and bridges. Whether you’re looking to have Invisalign, dental implants or anything in between- we’re happy to assist you in any way we can!
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