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Crowns Improving your appearance


A crown is artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’

Porcelain crowns are now more popular because they are more aesthetically pleasing and depending on what exactly they’re made from, can be equally strong and durable. Porcelain crowns are often used to replace unsightly metal crowns.

Benefits of having Crowns

  • Improvement of the colour and shape of the tooth.
  • They provide the best protection to a heavily broken tooth.
  • Crowns have proven to last longer than any other type of restoration.
FAQ

How is the Crown Fitted?

When you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown, it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive. The cement forms a seal to hold the crown in place.

Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?

No. You will have a local anesthetic and the preparation work should feel no different from a filling. If the tooth does not have a nerve, and the post crown is being prepared, then you may not need a local anesthetic.

Will the crown be noticeable?

The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible. The shade of the surrounding teeth will be recorded, to make sure that the colour looks natural and matches those teeth.

How do I care for my crown?

It is important to keep the crown just as clean as you would your normal teeth. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. Brush last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, and clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss.

How long will a crown last?

How long will a crown last depends on how well you look after it. Properly cared for crowns should last for many years. Your dental team will be able to tell you how long your crown may be expected to last.

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