A dental crown is a form of restorative treatment, also called a cap, and is used to give strength to any teeth that are decayed or damaged. The crown fits above the current tooth and helps to prevent further damage. Crowns come in a selection of materials, which include precious metals, ceramic materials, including porcelain and ceramic fused with metal.
Why choose a dental crown?
If a tooth is damaged as a result of injury, decay or an accident, a dental crown is a suitable treatment option. Crowns are used to bolster and restore the teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and functional smile. Crowns help to reduce the risk of further damage to the tooth.
What does dental crown treatment involve?
Before a tooth can be crowned, it must be prepared, so your Central Leeds dentist will remove decayed tissue, clean the tooth and prepare the tooth using a special instrument called a burr. An impression will first be taken and the crown will be manufactured according to the mould. Once this is done the new crown will be placed over the top of the tooth and fixed into place.
How long does a crown last?
The lifespan of a crown depends on how well you look after your teeth. If you stick to an effective dental hygiene routine and avoid eating and drinking sugary and acidic foods and drinks, your crown should last several years. Regular dental check-ups are also very important.