Porcelain Dental Crowns in Forest Hill & Dulwich
Dental Crown In Forest Hill & Dulwich
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over teeth and held in place by dental adhesive. They cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth. Porcelain Crowns are generally made from either plastic resin or porcelain.
Your tooth is initially prepared for your crown; this will involve removing most of the outer surface and leaving a solid inner core. The amount of tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.
We will then take a mold of the prepared tooth, one of the opposing jaw, and usually another to mark the way you bite. Two visits are generally required to complete the treatment in our Forest Hill dental clinic.
Dental crowns are used for numerous reasons:
- As a protective cover for a badly decayed tooth or fractured tooth.
- As a permanent restoration for a tooth with a large filling.
- To correct minor problems in your natural teeth like spacing or irregular shape, or severe discolouration.
Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Crowns In Forest Hill & Dulwich:
How long do crowns last, and how do I care for them?
Crowns are made of materials that don’t deteriorate over time. However, the supporting tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease.
The ceramic on the surface of the dental crown can sometimes chip or become fractured. Avoid chewing excessively hard substances like ice or bones. Brushing daily and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health and keeping the crown trouble-free. The most vulnerable part of the crown is the margin or the junction between tooth and crown.
Regular check-ups ensure that we can detect any problems with your crown and recommend necessary treatment.
How does a dentist prepare a tooth for a crown?
We will shape the tooth by removing a portion of the outer surface. Sometimes we may have to build up the tooth’s core (particularly if a lot has broken off) with filling material or place a post into your tooth so that the crown has something to sit on.
Next, we will take an impression, make a mold of your teeth, and measure how you bite together. We will then record the shade of the adjacent teeth so that the new crown is an exact match for the other teeth. We then fit a temporary crown while the permanent crown is made so that the tooth looks and feels the same.