A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that’s placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. A crown will look, feel and function just like any of your other teeth. Unlike Veneers, crowns cover all surfaces of the tooth and are used only when the tooth is fractured or very broken down. The porcelain used is the same as that used for veneers so they are strong and look just as natural. Being made of porcelain means that they do not leave a black line at the gum level as seen in so many conventional crowns.
At SkinTek, we use only the latest advances in ceramic to allow us to create crowns which are indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. Crowns can be made from ceramic (such as porcelain), metal (gold, metal alloy), or a combination of both.
Generally, to prepare and cement a crown will take two appointments.
This involves an initial consultation in which all the treatment options are discussed with you. Following this the dentist will then prepare your tooth for the crown.
You will be given a local anaesthetic before the start of the treatment. The dentist will then clean the tooth to be capped; removing any signs of decay and will then reshape it using a small drill called a ‘burr’. The aim is to achieve a tapered tooth which will enable the crown to fit snugly over it.
Once these is done the dentist will then make a mould using dental putty to take an impression of your teeth. This mould is then sent to a dental laboratory where it will be used as a blueprint for your new crown. This can take 2 to 3 weeks so during that time you will be given a temporary crown to wear.
On your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent crown is cemented into place. As part of the visit, your dentist will check the crown’s fitting and alignment. They will also check to see that it fits in well with your natural teeth. Once you are both happy with this then your dentist will use dental cement to fix the crown in place.
After your Crown has been fitted, if you notice pain or sensitivity when you bite down, contact your dentist. Usually this means that the crown is too high. This can be adjusted easily.
For further information, ask the dentist or speak to the receptionist by calling us on 01293 553542