DENTAL CROWNS in TWICKENHAM

A Dental Crown can Improve Tooth Appearance and Strength

Over time teeth can decay, chip, break or just degrade in appearance.  A dental crown (also known as a tooth cap) is a precision product which is fitted over one or more broken down teeth that cannot be repaired with a filling. It will reinforce, strengthen and ultimately improve the overall health and appearance of your tooth, helping you improve the overall life of your teeth.

What is a dental crown?

When making a crown, we will clean and shape the teeth in such a way that they are ready to accept the crown, for the long term. Then, we place the crown on top of the prepared tooth, making it an attractive and natural part of the rest of your smile.

A dental crown can be made for either your from tooth or back tooth, the image below shows a crown on a back tooth.

A dental crown

The dental crown procedure

Your first appointment will be to assess whether a dental crown is suitable for you. An analysis of the amount of dental decay and/or remaining tooth structure will be made, any decay will be removed and the remaining tooth structure will be prepared as minimally as possible in order to receive a dental crown on top. You will always be provided with a local anaesthetic to ensure the treatment is pain-free and as comfortable as possible. Once the tooth has been prepared an impression will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory who will make your final dental crown. Whilst this crown is being made you will have a temporary dental crown fitted.

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Dental crown problems

Porcelain fused metal crownOne of the biggest problems of a dental crown is that of aesthetics.

A dental crown in years gone by used to have a metal substructure, this was to support the delicate porcelain outer layer which you see. This metal substructure, whilst being incredibly strong also prevented the light from travelling through the dental crown.

This could make the Crown look rather opaque and lifeless when compared to a natural tooth.
Like travelling through a dental crown
The image above shows how much light is prevented from travelling through a tooth by a dental crown with a metal substructure, fortunately modern advances in technology now allow metal free crowns such as zirconia to be made.

Dental crown replacement

Replacing a dental crown if it has fallen out can often be quite simple, keep it clean, protect your tooth wear the crown has come out and visit your dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will often have to clean the inside of the dental crown with an air abrasion to remove any of the old dental glue. It can then be re-seated.

If your dental crown needs to be replaced for any reason, perhaps the crown has chipped, fractured or failed or perhaps the underlying tooth has deteriorated then the crown will probably need to be cut off and completely replaced. Dental crowns are not designed to be removed and often need to be completely destroyed to be replaced.

Dental Crown cost UK

The cost of dental crowns should always include the following:

  • Diagnostics to ascertain which type of dental crown is best for you.
  • Tooth preparation, ready to accept the dental crown.
  • A temporary crown whilst the final restoration is being made
  • Fitting of the Crown itself
  • Post operative follow-up and care
  • All material costs including impression materials, anaesthetics, dental Crown materials and sundry dental items
  • The cost of the surgery
  • The dentist fees
  • The cost of the dental nurse and reception team

The cost of crowns varies significantly with an average price of around £570 per tooth.

DIY dental crowns

Our simple guide to DIY dental crowns is, don’t! If you need a dental crown then it is because the underlying tooth needs to be protected, dental crowns fit to fractions of a millimetre to ensure the bacteria and bugs don’t get to eat away the underlying tooth. If you attempt a DIY dental crown then the chances are that underlying tooth will decay and you will end up with more problems, possibly needing a root canal treatment, this can be more costly in the long run.

Bad taste with a dental crown

If you have a bad taste with a dental crown then it is more than likely a taste from decay coming from the tooth underneath the crown. Dental crowns themselves are made from materials which are inert and do not react to anything in your mouth. Bad tastes usually from disease. If you have a bad taste and you think it is coming from your dental crown then please visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Dental Crown pain when chewing

If you have recently had a new dental crown and have pain when chewing then the pain will normally subside after a few days. The procedure for having the crown fitted can disrupt the nerves around the tooth causing them to be more sensitive for a little while. If the pain continues then there may be a more insidious cause so we recommend a visit your dentist as soon as possible.