Crowns and Bridges
- A Crowns is a fixed prosthetic device. Crowns differ from removable devices which can be removed to be cleaned daily – crowns are fixed to existing teeth and implants – they can only be removed by your dentist.
- What are crowns and how to they work?
- Crowns are used to cover damaged teeth. They help by strengthening damaged teeth and can also be used to solve cosmetic issues, altering the alignment and shape of teeth. Crowns can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth – porcelain or ceramic material can be used for this. Other materials that can be used are acrylic, gold and metal alloys (alloys are generally favoured over porcelain for back teeth).
- How are crowns made?
- You will need to attend a consultation so that we can talk through your treatment and create a plan with you. Before your crown can be made, your tooth may need to be cut down to size so that the crown can be an ideal fit. Once your dentist here at Paul Lowe has done this, an impression will be taken so that the crown can be bespoke. In the case of porcelain crowns, you will be able choose the shade that you would like your crown to be.
- When might I need a crown?
- If you need to replace a large filling where there is not sufficient tooth remaining.
- If you would like to restore a fractured tooth.
- If you are looking to have a bridge attached.
- If you would like to cover a dental implant.
- Benefits of crowns
- Durable – if looked after, crowns can last for anything between 5 – 15 years. You should apply a normal dental hygiene routine which means brushing for 2 minutes per day twice a day, visiting your dentist and hygienist for regular check-ups and trying not to apply too much pressure by clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Aesthetic – Crowns can be amended to suit the colour of your existing, making them a great cosmetic option.
- Stain-resistant – Porcelain crowns are stain-resistant.
- Protection – Crowns can be used to cover severely decayed or damaged teeth – they can protect from further decay and damage.
- Restore your self- confidence – A damaged, cracked or decayed tooth can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile.
If you would like more information about crowns at Paul Lowe, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.