21st century dentistry focuses on ways to help people keep their natural teeth for as long as is feasible. These days, the dentist does not extract teeth as soon as they show minor signs of damage and supply you with a set of full dentures. Instead, we like to find ways to keep damaged teeth with healthy roots in your jaw, because natural teeth are nearly always better than artificial replacements. One way we can extend the life of your teeth is by fitting them with dental crowns.
What is a crown?
In dentistry, the crown refers to the white part of the tooth above the gumline. This is the bit you chew with and spend all that time brushing and flossing. Dental crowns are artificial white parts that we put over your own damaged crown, protecting and strengthening it all the way down (or up) to the gum. Dental crowns can be manufactured from various materials. In the past, it was common to see crowns made of gold. Nowadays, and here at Meadowbank Dental Practice in Edinburgh, we like to use crowns that are tooth-coloured. These are usually made from dental ceramic.
When might you need a crown?
We find that crowns provide great solutions in the following situations:
- there has been so much decay in a tooth that not enough healthy material remains to support fillings or onlays
- your tooth is now so broken that we can no longer rebuild it with composite resin bonding
- we need to strengthen and protect a tooth following root canal therapy
- to protect teeth that are being destroyed by grinding or acid
- to attach to a dental implant and so replace a missing tooth.
How are dental crowns fitted?
Firstly, we will numb the area with a local anaesthetic. Then we will clean your tooth and make sure there is no decay inside it. We then use a tool called a burr to taper the tooth, which will more easily have the crown fitted over it. It is cemented into place.
Dental crowns can’t decay but you still need to keep the area free from plaque and trapped food.
In all of life’s shortcomings, it could be said that a chipped tooth is one of the less significant problems to be had. But when it actually happens to you and it holds you back from the usual things like smiling and eating without pain, it can do some damage to your confidence. It might be that you have chipped one of you front teeth and it makes you want to cover your mouth when someone makes you laugh. Having to hide your smile shouldn’t be an option, especially when your happiness could be visible to others.
If you were to ask how a chipped tooth could be repaired, the simple answer to the question would be dental crowns. At Meadowbank Dental, this is an effective treatment which requires a little time for a lot of smiling to come. Smiles are our own personal works of art that deserve to be exhibited, and the happiness they exude is truly contagious.
A crown fit for a tooth
If you are seeking dental crowns in Edinburgh, you might want to know a little more about how they work during treatment. Whether your tooth is weakened by decay, broken or has very large filling, a dental crown is the right treatment for you. After an impression of the broken tooth is taken, dental technicians can craft a crown to match the colour and shape of the remaining teeth. Once the crown is prepared, it is fitted snugly on top of the remaining tooth. It appears natural, meaning you will be showing off your smile in no time.
Dental crowns are also useful for teeth that have undergone fillings in the past and become discoloured. They can replace the old fillings, restoring some newfound confidence into your grin. When it comes to function, dental crowns are also just as strong as natural teeth. It means you can bite and chew on foods they way you always have and without the worry of another broken tooth!
So if you’re considering dental crowns, bear in mind that it will do wonders for both your smile and your lifestyle.
Even if you have a very good oral health routine, chances are that you may end up with one or two damaged teeth at some point in your life. Whether your teeth have sustained injuries, trauma or infections, restoring them is essential for your oral health and general wellbeing.
Depending on the state of the damaged tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to help restore its appearance and function. At Meadowbank Dental in Edinburgh, we use dental crowns extensively, either on their own or in combination with dental implants for a full smile makeover.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a case which replaces the missing portion of the tooth or protects a cracked or broken tooth from further infection by covering it. Crowns are very versatile because they are both aesthetic and practical. Although they look like natural teeth, crowns are placed over the remains of the infected tooth in order to protect it from the high biting forces we put on our teeth when we chew.
There are many types of crowns but porcelain ones are more popular because they are almost lifelike and distribute light better, therefore, creating a natural smile.
Placing a dental crown
The placement of dental crowns is really simple and can be completed within two dental appointments. In your first visit, your dentist will clean your tooth and remove any decay. This is essential before cementing the crown in place. By cleaning your tooth, your dentist will also ensure that it is not in any immediate danger. After cleaning it thoroughly, your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect it. Your final crown will be moulded and placed on your tooth during your second visit.
Getting used to your new tooth
Once you have your temporary crown fitted, you should be extremely careful in order not to break it. Try not to consume sticky and chewy foods for a few days while waiting for your final restoration to be placed. Yet again, once you get your final restoration, be very careful for a few days and avoid eating hard and chewy foods. You should also ensure to brush and floss around the cap of your crown thoroughly in order to avoid gum disease.
If you’re unlucky enough to suffer an accident or injury involving your teeth, you may need a crown. Crowns are dental restorations that are used to fix broken teeth, as well as those weakened by decay and those with particularly large fillings. If you have had root canal treatment you will also need a crown, because it gives additional strength to the treated tooth.
Crowns are also often an ideal solution if you have old, discoloured fillings that you dislike showing off when you smile or laugh. Because the crowns we make are tooth-coloured, we can replace your old fillings with them to give your smile a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance, making you want to show it off again.
A crown is basically a cap for your tooth. It can be made from a variety of materials, although ad Meadowbank all of our crowns are tooth-coloured, to ensure they blend naturally into your mouth.
If you need a crown, you will need a couple of appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth so that it’s the perfect shape to receive the crown. This may involve removing old fillings or some of the outer layer of the tooth, and is done under local anaesthetic.
Next your dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends this to our laboratory for your crown to be made. You may have a temporary crown fitted in the interim.
Once your crown is ready, we’ll call you back in for a second appointment. We’ll check that both you and your dentist are happy with the appearance and fit of your crown before it is permanently attached using a special dental adhesive.
By replacing old fillings with crowns, your smile will be rejuvenated, and you’ll be keen to show it off once more.