Most of us want to keep our smiles in shape for as long as possible. A healthy looking, bright smile can make us look and feel more attractive and confident. Your teeth are very hard and durable, but they’re not immune to damage caused by accidents and injuries. If you’ve broken your tooth or you have a decayed tooth, we may recommend placing a crown. A crown can help to save a tooth that may otherwise have to be removed.
A crown is a type of restoration. Restorative appliances are used to repair and reconstruct damaged, decayed or weak teeth. Placing a crown makes the tooth stronger, reduces the risk of infection spreading to other parts of the tooth and enhances the aesthetic appeal of the tooth.
Crowns can be made from several different materials, including precious metals and ceramics. Porcelain crowns are very popular because they create a natural look. When a porcelain crown is placed on the tooth, it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between the crown and the natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as caps.
Before a crown is placed, the tooth must be prepared. This involves removing any decayed or damaged tissue and shaping the tooth ready for the new crown or cap. Once the tooth has been prepared, a putty impression is created and this is used as a mould for the new crown. A temporary crown will be fitted until the bespoke crown is ready. In some cases, crowns are placed after root canal treatment. This is a procedure that is usually carried out when the tooth is infected and the pulp tissue, which contains the nerves and blood vessels, becomes damaged.
Once your new crown is in place, it should last around 5 years. Every time you go to the dentist, they will check your crown and make sure that it’s still functioning properly.
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