Occasionally there are times when a tooth becomes damaged or so badly decayed that your dentist may recommend that a dental crown is fitted in order to restore the tooth’s appearance and enhance its functionality. A crown is basically an artificial tooth covering, often made from porcelain, glass or gold, which fits over the remaining part of the tooth. You may also hear it referred to as a ‘cap’.
If you have a dental crown Surrey fitted to one of your front teeth, the chances are this will be made from porcelain. A porcelain crown may not be quite a strong as a bonded crown, but it will certainly give a very natural finish which is a big advantage for many patients. Traditional crowns were often made from gold alloy due to its hard wearing properties, but all-ceramic crowns are becoming more popular.
So, how is a crown fitted? Most dentists in Surrey will need to prepare your tooth by removing the outer surface. A strong, inner core will be left, which will be used as the base for the crown to be fixed to. The dentist will take a number of moulds or impressions of the tooth in order to ensure that the crown will fit perfectly. Most dentists in Surrey will also assess the shade of the remaining teeth in order to create a crown which will match the rest of your mouth. Once the crown has been made, the dentist will fit the crown, often using a local anaesthetic to ensure you will feel no pain.
Once the crown has been fitted, it is really important that you take good care of it to ensure it will last for as long as possible. Although the crown itself will not decay, the area where it is joined to the tooth will be susceptible to natural tooth decay. Therefore, it is really important to brush the affected and surrounding teeth thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Flossing is a great way of removing a build of food from between the teeth – this can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease as bacteria is removed from the mouth on a daily basis. Finishing off with mouthwash can help to keep the mouth clean and fresh.
As well as cleaning teeth thoroughly twice a day, those people with crowns should also try to avoid clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth, as this additional pressure may eventually damage the crown. To find out more about our crowns Surrey treatments please visit our website.