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.