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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

2823674_blogTeeth that are decayed, injured or damaged in any way can be effectively strengthened through the use of dental crowns. They are also sometimes referred to as caps, due to the fact that they are fitted to the top of an existing tooth. They have been specifically designed to duplicate the look of a natural tooth and can give your smile an aesthetic boost.

Different materials used

Crowns may be constructed from a number of materials and new ones are being discovered constantly. They can be constructed from gold, ceramic, or another precious metal, which is then fixed to porcelain and metal. Although a full porcelain crown looks good, it is not the best option for many people. Metal crowns will often be the best solution for teeth at the back of the mouth as they will need to tolerate a large amount of pressure. The kind of crown used most frequently is made of metal fused with porcelain.

Resemble natural teeth

The difference between the natural tooth and the crown will not be noticeable. They have been designed to resemble natural teeth exactly and the shade will have been matched to the other surrounding teeth to ensure it fits in with them. While the permanent crown is being constructed, temporary crowns will be fitted that are more noticeable, but will only be there for about two weeks.

Normally, the crown will require two dental appointments to be fitted, with roughly two weeks in between.

Any decay that is near the pulp tissue may need to be removed in order to halt the onset of damage or decay in the teeth.

If crowns are taken care of they will last for a few years. There is no danger of the actual crown decaying, although the area where the natural tooth and the crown meet could be at risk of decay. To prevent this, you will need to attend regular check-ups at the dentist and maintain a good dental hygiene routine. If you would like more information about dental crowns then do contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds.

Meet the Different Types of Crown

Friday, May 20th, 2016

386703_blogDental crowns are used when a cavity threatens the health of a tooth or to protect otherwise broken or cracked teeth. As technology evolves, computers are playing a greater role in the design and manufacture of crowns. The material used is also constantly evolving, all of which improves the quality of treatment received by the patient.

What are crowns made from?

Most crowns are made from ‘porcelain bonded to a precious metal’. A base of precious metal is initially made in this case and then the porcelain is applied over it in layers. On occasions, the crown is made solely from porcelain. This is often viewed as the most aesthetically pleasing option, but is not always the most suitable. The advent of CAD (computer-aided design) dentistry in recent years, in Leeds and the rest of the UK, has meant that far more of the original tooth can be left intact using porcelain caps.

On the other hand, crowns made from an alloy of metal and porcelain can show dark gum lines over time, which are less aesthetically attractive. Your dentist will examine each case to work out the most appropriate treatment for your situation.

It is also possible to get a crown made from full gold. This is not to everyone’s taste, but has the advantage of strength. Due to their popularity among some celebrities, gold crowns have achieved a certain ‘bling’ aesthetic credibility, which is unlikely to attract more conservatively minded patients.

When is a crown used?

Crowns should be used when the strength of the tooth is compromised, as the latter restorations only work when the tooth is strong enough to support the additions. The important thing to bear in mind when having a tooth crowned is getting the right mix of aesthetic and practical application. Clearly, the former aspect can depend on an individual’s taste but with the latter point it may be best to take your dentist’s advice on what’s best.

Restoring Smiles with Crowns Fit for a King

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

2823674_blogAt City Dental Leeds, we like to treat every client like a VIP and our crowns are just the ticket for those looking for a regal finish to their smile. If you’re interested in porcelain crowns fit for a king, look no further!

About dental crowns

At dental crown is a type of restoration used to treat decayed or damaged teeth. They sit over the top of the tooth to provide greater strength and enhance tooth functionality. Crowns are sometimes known as caps and they can be made from various materials, including precious metals, ceramics and porcelain.

You may be advised to have a crown if:

  • you have damaged your tooth in an accident
  • you’ve suffered a dental injury
  • you have had a large filling in the past
  • the tooth is severely decayed or you have an infection that has spread to the pulp tissue (a new crown is usually placed following root canal treatment in this case)
  • bridgework or dental implant treatment has been carried out

How is a crown fitted?

The procedure to fit a crown usually spans two sessions. The first session is used to prepare the tooth and create the impression for the crown, while the second session is used to fit the crown. Each crown is custom-made to ensure that it fits perfectly over the top of the existing tooth structure and we recommend porcelain crowns for a completely natural looking finish.

How long should a crown last?

Crowns are not built to last a lifetime, but they should last for several years. It’s important to look after your crowned tooth in the same way as your other teeth. If you care for your crown well, it should last up to 10 years.

All About the Crown Fitting Procedure

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

529808_blogAt City Dental Leeds we pride ourselves in delivering first class crown treatment and use the best materials around to create strong, healthy and beautiful teeth. We work with highly skilled technicians and our dentists have extensive experience in fitting crowns, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.

All about crowns

Crowns are dental restorations used to strengthen a broken or decayed tooth. They sit over the top of the tooth and are commonly placed following an accident, injury or root canal treatment.

Crowns can be made from various materials, including metals and ceramics. We often recommend porcelain, as it is strong and produces beautifully natural aesthetics. With a porcelain crown, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the natural tooth and the crown.

How is a crown fitted?

Crowning treatment usually involves two sessions in cases where hand-crafted crowns are used. The first session is used to plan treatment and create an impression to be used as the mould for the new crown. This impression is made using dental putty once the tooth has been prepared and shaped. The aim of the preparation stage is to remove any decayed tissue and re-shape the tooth. Once the mould has been created, it is sent away to the laboratory where the new crown is made by experienced dental technicians. The second stage of treatment involves fitting the new crown and this usually takes place around two weeks later. Fitting the crown involves placing the crown over the top of the tooth and securing it firmly.

Once it’s in place, it’s important to look after your crown. Care for it in the same way as your natural teeth and take care when playing sport or eating hard foods. Crowns last up to five years and your dentist will check your crowns and fillings every time you have a routine dental check-up.

Protective Crown Fittings to Restore Your Smile

Monday, July 6th, 2015

529808_blogIf you’ve had a dental drama and you need an effective remedy, a protective crown could be just the ticket. Crowns are restorations used to strengthen and make the teeth more resilient following infection, injury or an accident.

The ins and outs of crown treatment

Crowns are sometimes called caps because they are placed over the top of the tooth. They cover the entire external surface of the tooth and serve to protect weakened tooth from further damage. Crowns are commonly made from ceramics but they can also be manufactured using precious metals. Many people choose porcelain crowns because they blend in with the natural teeth for a seamless aesthetic.

You may be advised to have a crown if you have had a large filling in the past, have suffered extensive damage in an injury or  have a tooth infection that requires root canal treatment. We can also attach crowns to dental implants in order to create a new tooth to replace a gap in the smile.

Crown treatment can usually be completed in just two sessions: one to prepare the tooth and make the impression and one to fit the crown. Preparing the tooth involves removing any decayed or damaged tooth structure and shaping the tooth in preparation for the new crown. Once the tooth is ready, an impression is made using dental putty and this is sent to the laboratory to act as a mould for the new crown. The crown can then be made and returned to us. We usually fit the new crown around two weeks after the first session.

Once the crown is in place, we will check it at every routine dental appointment and if you have any troubles, just simply call and book an appointment. Crowns are hard-wearing, but they are susceptible to damage just like natural teeth, so it’s really important to take good care of them.

The Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

529808_blogYou don’t need to be a member of the Royal Family to enjoy VIP treatment at City Dental Leeds. With our beautifully crafted porcelain crowns, you can enjoy a smile fit for a king or queen!

About crowns

Crowns are restorations used to bolster weakened and injured teeth. They are sometimes referred to as caps because they sit on top of the existing tooth structure. There are various reasons why you may need a crown, including:

  • dental injury, such as a broken tooth
  • severe decay
  • dental infection (usually placed following root canal treatment)
  • dental implant treatment to replace a missing tooth

Crown treatment

Every crown is custom-made based on an impression of the patient’s tooth. This ensures a perfect and comfortable fit and seamless aesthetics. Before treatment, the tooth is prepared. This process is designed to remove any decayed or damaged tooth tissue and shape the tooth ready for the crown. Making the impression involves using dental putty to form a mould of the teeth. This is then sent away to the laboratory, where it will be used by dental technicians to create the new crown. Once the crown has been sent back to us, we can then fit it. The crown is placed over the remaining tooth structure and then secured.

The benefits of porcelain crowns

Porcelain crowns are a highly effective means of strengthening a weak or decayed tooth without detracting from the beauty of the smile. Porcelain blends in with the natural tooth shade and has a stunning glossy finish. By placing a crown, you also reduce the risk of further injury to the tooth. Crowns are durable and they should last for up to 10 years. The process is simple and there’s no pain to worry about. Crowns have amazing restorative benefits, but they can also improve the look of a damaged tooth, and this may also increase your confidence.

Crowning your teeth in Leeds

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Whenever a tooth is damaged, be it through injury or by decay, it is imperative to repair it in order to maintain the status quo of the occlusion, (the ‘bite’ of the mouth), it is also prevents any further damage and infection to the remaining teeth. In order to do so, a crown is required.

Once the tooth has been cleaned and capped, the crown can be fitted, the type of which depends on where the damage has occurred. Different forces exist in different parts of the mouth so if the damage has happened towards the back of the mouth, a strong gold or porcelain-over-metal crown is required to take the chewing forces in this area, towards the front of the mouth however, there are less stresses go through the teeth, so a pure porcelain crown would suffice and would be more practical from a vanity point of view.

These theories also apply when complete tooth loss has occurred and crowns are being fitted onto dental implants. Most dentists in Leeds offer this type of reconstruction to the mouth and payment plans as well in order that there patients can be treated quickly. So the next time you are at the dentist, inquire about such payment plans in advance in order to be prepared for such problems arising.