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Guide to Dental Crowns - What, When and Why?

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Guide to Dental Crowns - What, When and Why?

What is a Crown?

A Crown (also known as a 'cap') is a protective cover fitted over the existing structure of a broken or damaged tooth to restore function and appearance. At Castelnau Dentists we provide a range of Crowns (including Metal Porcelain Crowns, All-Ceramic Crowns and Gold Crowns) so that our patients can chose the right treatment option for them according to their requirements and budget.

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

A dental crown may be needed:

  1. To protect a weak tooth from breaking
  2. To restore a tooth that has been worn down over time
  3. To cover or support a tooth with a large filling, when not much of the tooth remains
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place
  5. To cover misshapened or severely discoloured teeth
  6. To cover a dental implant to accurately match the other teeth

What type of Crown do we recommend?

At Castelnau Dentists, we recommend all-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns which provide better natural colour match than any other crown type and since they do not contain any metal, All-Ceramic Crowns are bio-compatible. This also means there will be no black line at gum level with your new tooth. 

With advances in modern dental technology, All-Ceramic Crowns are proven to be as strong and durable as metal porcelain crowns and so they are able to offer patients the best of both worlds - a long lasting and natural looking solution.

What is involved in Dental Crown treatment?

Preparing a tooth for a all-ceramic crown usually requires two visits to the dentist :
 
Step 1: the first step involves examining and preparing the tooth
Step 2: the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.

How Should I Care for My Temporary Dental Crown?

Because temporary dental crowns are just that a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready, we suggest that a few precautions.

These include:

  • Avoid sticky food such as chewing gum and caramel, which have the potential of pulling off the crown.
  • Try to minimize use of the side of your mouth that has the temporary crown
  • Avoid chewing hard foods which could dislodge or break the crown.
  • When flossing, try to slide rather than lift out dental floss to avoid pulling off the temporary crown.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years, but this is dependent on the wear the crown is exposed to and how well maintained a patient's oral health.

Are there any specific care requirements for Dental Crowns?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember to continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day.

Want to know more about Dental Crowns?

For more information about Dental Crown treatment and to book an appointment with our friendly and highly experienced team at Castelnau Dentists in Barnes, London please call us on 020 8563 7177 or email us at info@castelnaudentists.com.

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