Over time teeth can decay, chip, break or just degrade. This can affect the future health of the tooth as well as the functionality and 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 help to reinforce, strengthen and ultimately improve the overall health and longevity of your teeth.
A dental crown is used to cover a broken or decayed tooth to protect it from further deterioration. Before making a new crown, the affected tooth has to be cleaned and shaped in order tfor the new crown to fit over the top.
The new dental crown is then placed over the prepared tooth, making it an attractive and natural part of the rest of your smile. Sometimes it’s necessary to build up the biting surface of your teeth. If your teeth have become badly decayed or broken down then a dental crown can restore the malocclusion and mean your teeth meet together properly for chewing.
Your first appointment will enable us to assess whether a dental crown is the right treatment to restore the affected tooth. An analysis of the amount of dental decay and/or remaining tooth structure will be made. Any decay will be removed and then the remaining tooth structure will be prepared before the new crown is placed.
You will be given 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 the new dental crown specifically for your tooth. Whilst your new crown is being made, we will fit a temporary crown in its place.
Here is a great example of how Montrose Smile Studio were able to save the teeth of a young patient suffering from severe tooth decay.
This patient was quiet, shy and nervous about coming to dentist. Eventually his mother arranged for him to come to see us. It transpired that he used to drink over 20 cans of fizzy drinks a day but what surprised us is that he was not in any pain.
Fortunately we were able to salvage all his front upper teeth and not one tooth was removed. Despite these photos taken at the advent of digital camera (over 20 years ago), the results still looks outstanding.
Having assessed his condition in detail and after consultation, we were able to build his smile non-surgically using provisional dental crowns. It took just one session under intravenous sedation but achieved pleasing results.
Following the initial procedure and after a couple of weeks, his true smile was brought back with natural looking aesthetic permanent crowns.
So no matter how nervous you are of the dentist, or how bad your teeth may look, we can give you a lot more than just hope.
We have been enriching patients lives now for over 30 years.