A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps a tooth or dental implant. They are often needed when a tooth is destroyed or a cavity affects the health of the tooth.
Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Having a crown consists of 2 appointments approximately 2 weeks apart, the first is a preparation of the tooth surface and the second is the fitting of your new crown and any adjustments need for the perfect fit.
There are several different types of material that are used in the construction of a dental crown.
Each has its pros and cons, but most popular are porcelain or zirconia as they look almost like a natural tooth when fitted.
There is no difference between a dental crown or a cap, they are the same thing.
There are several different factors that can affect and influence how long a crown lasts for.
Two of the biggest influences are your mouth condition and the care that you give to your mouth after having the crown fitted.
With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, a crown can be expected to last many years.
Just because the top of the tooth has essentially been replaced, it does not mean that you need to forgo a proper oral healthcare routine.
Twice daily brushing is an absolute must, as is flossing.
You may want to use interdental brushes if you do not already. Or you can look to use a water flosser, which is another very popular alternative, that does not rely on physical contact.
At Liberty Dentists we have a number of different crown options available, your dentist will discuss with you your options to help you select the best one for your needs. Prices depend on the tooth being crowned and the material used. Crowns start from £650.