What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain are the most popular choice. These crowns are hard-wearing and will last many years. Your doctor at US Dental will take care to match the shape, size and colour of your teeth, giving you a beautiful smile.
Why may you need a crown?
Your dentist may recommend a crown if you want to improve your smile or if you have one of the following conditions:
Fractured or discoloured fillings
Broken or fractured teeth
Tooth has had root canal work
You may need a bridge or denture to be held in place
How is a crown fitted?
You will need to come to US Dental for two appointments.
Your dentist will take a mould (impression) at the first appointment which will be used to craft your customised crown. A mould will be used to make your temporary crown too. This temporary crown will be for two weeks until the laboratory has made your new crown.
Whilst your tooth is numb, your dentist will shape the surface and remove any decay so the crown will fit well.
Your dentist will fit the temporary crown and check that you can bite well.
At the second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, your tooth will be cleaned and your new tooth will be carefully placed and checked.
Your crown will match the rest of your teeth as much as possible.
Your dentist will give your advice on how to take care of your new crown and when to visit US Dental for a check-up.