A crown is a tooth-shaped hat worn over the teeth. This is a permanent solution and the crown just feels and works like any other tooth.
A crown is often needed when a tooth is damaged or weak and cannot be repaired. Sometimes people wear crowns for cosmetic purposes but mostly because they lack the rest of the tooth structure.
The most common cause is a large filling that has been broken or weakened by root canal treatment.
If your teeth are severely damaged or weakened crowns can help to prevent further cavities and protect your natural teeth in the future. Crowns can improve the appearance of broken or brittle teeth and return them to their normal shape and color. Crowns can last for years as long as you take good care of your teeth. Your dentist will tell you how long your crown will last and how long it will last.
Our dentists will be happy to discuss your options.
Depending on where the crown is placed in the mouth it can be made from one or more of the following materials:
Porcelain: Porcelain crowns are often used for the teeth around the mouth because this material is very similar to natural teeth. Porcelain is used when the patient is allergic to metal.
Zirconia: Zirconia is a strong white ceramic material that can be made thinner and can hold many natural teeth. Zirconia appears opaque and is primarily used in the posterior region.
Metal alloys: Crowns are sometimes made from a combination of metals including nickel palladium and chromium. Ferrous alloys are less brittle resistant to abrasion and require little natural tooth extraction. Invisible teeth are often used because they are not as beautiful as porcelain or porcelain. If you need a crown your dentist will discuss all your options so you can make the right decision.
A permanent veneer made of polystyrene may be recommended by your dentist if you think it is not suitable for the crown or if other treatments are not more appropriate. The cover is a cosmetic treatment but can be used to cover crevices that are not compatible with orthodontic treatment.
Fillings - Fillings are used to fill holes in teeth. Helps stop toothache and prevent further cavities. There are many different types of fillers but the most common is alumina (metal) and toothpaste mixtures.
This depends on the degree of damage to the tooth and the tooth that is affected. We can discuss this with you for options at Churchlane Dental, Stafford.