WHAT ARE CROWNS?
Dental crowns are used to protect and restore teeth that have been broken down heavily, or for teeth which have cracks which cannot be treated by routine restorations such as composite fillings. They are also required after a tooth has needed a root canal treatment. This will then allow you to be able to chew and eat without fear of the tooth breaking.
They cover the entire tooth to replicate the original tooth as much as possible. Crowns can be made from many materials including porcelain (ceramic), zirconia and gold alloy.
WHICH DENTAL CROWN IS BEST?
For front teeth, our preference is E Max by Ivoclar. This is a lithium disilicate ceramic with the major advanatge of being highly aesthetic and can be made to match your own front teeth. We can match characteristics within your adjacent teeth such as transluency at the edges, colour variations, light reflection, cracks (should you wish!), opacities and contours for example.
For back teeth, zirconia is often the material of choice as it has a strength of almost five times that of normal ceramic. The aesthetics are also very good and natural with recent improvements in technology. The other major advantage of zirconia crowns is that the material is durable in very thin section so that less of the natural tooth needs to be cut down.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR A CROWN?
The process of getting a crown involves the following:
SAME DAY CROWNS
We now have the technology to be able to offer same day crowns. The process is exactly the same as above except that the crown will be made by our highly skilled dental technicians on the same day and ready to fit a few hours after the preparation. All we need to do is give the laboratory advance notice for planning and arrange your appointments accordingly. The major benefit of this is that there is no need to go away with a temporary crown for 2 or more weeks. There is a small laboratory surcharge for this type of crown.
HOW TO MAINTAIN DENTAL CROWNS
After fitting, we will ask you to adopt a soft diet for 48 hours and gently clean around the gum line. Once the cement has fully set, you can use the crown as your would your natural teeth. It is extremely important to clean the crown well around the margins and in between the adjacent teeth as you would normal. We generally advise the use of an electric tooth brush and inter dental brushes such as TePe brushes or Piksters. Water flossers such as WaterPik are also useful.
Crowns can feel a little odd to begin with being a new shape and size in your mouth. However, you will adapt to this and it will feel natural over time.
FREE VIDEO CONSULTATION
If you would like a free video consultation on dental crowns, please feel free to book an appointment. Appointments are available 7 days a week with Dr Nissit Patel, our Clinical Director.