We can use a crown to repair and restore a tooth that is damaged in some way. It acts as a kind of ‘cap’ for the tooth and sits over the tooth, repairing and further protecting it from damage.
Your tooth might have become damaged due to decay or you might have had an injury that requires restoration to a tooth. Crowns are also sometimes used in conjunction with another treatment such as a bridge or root canal treatment.
Crowns can be made of different materials, and have traditionally often been made using a precious metal such as gold. More recently, Zirconia and porcelain have become more popular as they’re more natural looking as well as highly durable. Composite crowns are also available.
Crowns usually require two appointments for application. At the first appointment, we’ll use local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything in the area being treated and then prepare the tooth. This usually involves removing any damaged parts before taking a scan or impression.
This is then sent off to a dental laboratory, where your crown will be made. Once ready, you’ll come back into the practice to have your crown fitted and we’ll ensure the bite and fit are all correct.
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