Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that is used to cover a tooth that has been damaged or decayed. They can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped, discolored, or misshapen.
If you are considering getting a dental crown, there are a few things you should know. First, crowns are a permanent restoration, this is a long-lasting dental treatment. Second, tooth crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, and composite resin. The type of material that is used will depend on your individual needs and dentists’ advice.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to cover a damaged or decayed existing tooth. It is a permanent restoration that can help to restore the tooth’s strength, function, and appearance.
Some of the most common benefits include:
- Improved appearance.
- Increased strength.
- Protection from further decay.
- Longer lifespan of the tooth.
When is a dental crown needed?
Dental crowns are needed when the tooth is badly damaged or has a weak tooth structure, and cannot be fixed with a filling.
For example, a dental crown may be needed:
- To protect a weak tooth. Also if you have gum disease, it can weaken a tooth.
- To protect a decayed tooth
- To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth
- To repair a tooth that is severely worn down
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a tooth that has been treated with a root canal
- To replace an old large filling that is failing.
Types of dental crowns
There are three main types of dental crowns: metal crowns, porcelain crowns, and composite resin crowns.
- Metal crowns are made from a variety of metals, including gold, silver, and stainless steel. Metal crowns are strong and durable, they are not used as frequently as they once were, as they can be visible under the gum line.
- Porcelain crowns are the most common types of dental crowns used. Made from a ceramic material that is bonded to a metal framework. Porcelain crowns are more natural-looking than metal crowns, but they can be more expensive. A zirconium dental crown is more expensive than any other material type.
- Composite resin crowns are made from a composite resin material that is bonded to the tooth. Composite resin crowns are the least expensive type of crown, but they are not as strong or durable as metal or porcelain crowns.
Cost of a tooth crown
The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the type of crown material that is used. In general, metal crowns are the least expensive type of crown, followed by porcelain crowns and composite resin crowns. A zirconium material for crowns is the most reliable material but costly for patients, and could be up to a price of £800.
The tooth crown procedure
The procedure for getting a dental crown is relatively simple. First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay or damage. Then, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where the crown will be made. Once the crown is made, the dentist will cement it to the tooth.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last up to 15 years, providing that you take the necessary aftercare steps including cleaning it like a natural tooth. To ensure your crown lasts as long as possible, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid bad habits. The original crown may only need replacing once in your lifetime.
Dental crown treatment aftercare
If your dental crown becomes uncomfortable, or painful, this can be managed using over-the-counter pain relief. The vast majority of patients can continue to eat and brush their teeth as normal following their dental crown treatment.
- Avoid sticky, crunchy, chewy foods.
- Try to chew on the opposite side to the crown, to let it settle.
- Avoid flossing if you have a temporary crown.
- Avoid hard foods if you have a temporary crown for a short period.
Why choose Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry?
We are renowned for providing some of the best cosmetic & aesthetic dental treatments in the Windsor area including providing dental crowns to restore and enhance your smile. We believe in proactively restoring patients’ teeth.
Our dental team is always on hand to provide the very best advice when it comes to restoring your smile. Get in touch today and get a quote to find out how we can help.