Crowns & Bridges

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Dental crowns, often called ‘caps’, are a custom made type of restoration that are cemented into place and cover teeth weakened by injury or decay.  If your tooth has been weakened but not lost entirely, a crown can be used to restore its appearance and function.  Crowns differ from veneers in that they cover the tooth’s entire surface.

Why do I need a crown

  • Crowns are used for the following reasons:
    • Protecting a decayed or damaged tooth from breaking

    • Protecting a weakened tooth that has a large filling or a root canal filling

    • Supporting a tooth that has been structurally injured (e.g. cracked or broken).

    • Restoring a tooth to its former functionality whilst improving its appearance

    • Anchoring dental bridges which replace a missing tooth

    • Improving the appearance of a tooth, which is discoloured or has a large filling in place

    • Covering a dental implant

At Kelvedon Dental Centre we will fit you with a crown that meets your particular needs and budget. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials.  Your dentist will discuss available options to help you decide which one is right for you

    • Porcelain fused to metal: These are a popular choice as by bonding these two materials together, it creates a crown that is both attractive with its outer porcelain layer and durable from its metal substructure.  Precious metals are preferable because they are more biocompatible.

    • All ceramic: As a crown material, dental ceramic is both natural looking and very aesthetically pleasing, making it especially popular for restoring front teeth.  It can be bonded to your tooth creating a strong hold so that you can enjoy your new smile for longer.

    • Gold: This traditional crown type is known for its durability, making it especially effective for restoring back teeth.  It is able to be formed to a thickness of less than 1mm, therefore being very conservative to your tooth structure.  Gold will not wear down your opposing teeth, as it has certain characteristics similar to tooth enamel.

A crowns durability depends on the amount of ‘wear and tear’ you expose it to as well as how consistently you practice good oral hygiene.  With optimum care and regular check ups, a crown can last 10-15 years, keeping your teeth in great shape and enhancing your smile for a long time to come.

What are crowns?

What type of crowns are there?

Why do I need a crown?

A crown is a cap that covers a damaged or heavily filled tooth to protect and restore it to its normal size and function. It makes the tooth stronger when conventional fillings are unpredictable and enhances aesthetics if the tooth perhaps is discoloured or misshaped . 

 

 

  • You may need a crown to protect and seal a tooth after root canal treatment

  • Maybe you have missing teeth and a crown is needed to hold a bridge.

  • Your tooth has a fracture or a cavity that is too deep/large for a filling

  • You have an implant screw and now need a crown placed on top

  • Perhaps you have old crowns that need replacing due to damage, ill fitting or poor aesthetics.

 

They are made from different materials with individual benefits depending on where in the mouth and why the crown is being fitted. Long term tried and tested materials such as gold and other allows are known for superb strength and adaptability over time. Hybrid crowns are a mix of Modern materials  For example a crown on a front tooth will require a high aesthetic result and therefore a high quality full ceramic crown might be the best choice in that area. Crowns are effective in masking discoloured teeth, protect root treated teeth and to retain bridges (replacement teeth).  The more durable properties of crowns are made outside the mouth and then fitted  to the teeth. This make them an excellent choice of restoration for back teeth which tend to have a lot of wear and tear. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are bridges?

They are made from different materials with individual benefits depending on where in the mouth and why the crown is being fitted. For example a crown on a front tooth requires a supreme aesthetic result compared to a back tooth where strength might be more important

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