Dental crowns are a common type of tooth restoration used to strengthen teeth in cases where they have been weakened by damage or decay. They are sometimes known as caps because they fit over the top of the natural tooth.
The caps are designed to fit over the top of the natural tooth in order to strengthen and protect the tooth. Crowns can be made from different materials including porcelain, ceramic, precious metals and non-precious metals. It is also possible for them to be made from ceramic fused to metal, which creates a strong but aesthetically-pleasing crown.
Your dentist may advise you to have a dental crown if your tooth has a large cavity, if you have had root canal treatment or if your tooth is injured. This is also an excellent treatment for improving smile aesthetic.
The procedure involves two key stages whereby the tooth is first prepared by the removal of decay and then cleaned and shaped, after which a mould is created and used as a template for the new crown, which is then fitted and fixed into place to appear just like your natural teeth.
Once your crown is in place you will need to care for the tooth in the same way as you would your natural teeth. It is not possible for the actual crown to decay, but the area where the cap joins the natural tooth can become decayed. At Harley Street Dental Studio in London, good oral hygiene is highly recommended and your dentist will be happy to give you advice on this subject.
A crown should last for several years provided that you stick to a good oral hygiene regime and care for your teeth.
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