Dental crowns are a commonly recommended dental treatment that addresses a number of dental care and cosmetic dentistry issues. A crown is created specifically for your tooth to treat your specific issue.
Sometimes known as a 'cap', crowns go over your tooth, covering it completely to restore strength and improve the tooth's appearance. Once cemented in place, a crown will look like an original tooth and can be colour-matched to your existing teeth, if made of certain materials.
Your Colney Hatch dentist may recommend a crown because your tooth:
- Is broken or dramatically worn - the crown will protect the tooth & restore full functionality
- Is cracked or weakened by decay - the crown protects the tooth & prevents further damage
- Requires a large filling, leaving little original tooth left - the crown protects & supports the tooth
- Is misshapen or discoloured - the crown restores correct shape & whiteness
- Is going to perform as an anchoring tooth for a bridge - the crown is an integral part of the bridge
- Or teeth, are not in uniform alignment - the crown becomes an aesthetic cosmetic option
Types of Crowns
Crowns are either temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are often made of acrylic or stainless steel, and are used to protect your existing tooth until your permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns can be made using a number of individual materials or fused materials, depending on your dentist's recommendation.
The following permanent crown options may be recommended for your dental care needs:
- Metal - these crowns are made of alloys, such as gold or palladium alloy, as well as nickel and chromium. Metal crowns rarely chip or break, are long-lasting, strong, and slow to wear. They are an excellent choice for back molars where the metallic appearance is less noticeable.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal - these crowns allow for colour-matching to your existing teeth and have a pleasing natural appearance. The porcelain portion of these crowns can break or chip off, but your dentist can instruct you on how to best avoid that happening.
- All-resin - these crowns are affordable and can be colour-matched to your existing teeth. However, they wear more quickly than ceramic or porcelain crowns and can be prone to fractures.
- All-ceramic & all-porcelain - both of these crowns offer the most natural appearance and colour of all crown options. They are the premier crown material choice for front teeth and cosmetic applications. They are stronger than all-resin, but not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal. Your dentist may recommend all-ceramic or all-porcelain if you suffer metal allergies.