What is a crown?
It’s basically a manufactured tooth, often made from porcelain or ceramic, which can be colour and texture matched to your existing
teeth. A crown can also be made of metal alloys for improved strength when replacing a back tooth. Often a metal crown will have
porcelain bonded to the exterior to give it strength and a more natural look.
How is a crown fitted?
Your dentist will file down the existing tooth and reshape it into a suitable size. Any decay will be removed and tooth structure
restored to support the crown. The crown fits like a cap over the newly shaped tooth your dentist cement into position.
When is a crown required?
Crowns and bridges are used to repair a number of different dental problems. A crown can be used when:
● a tooth is fractured, damaged or misshapen
● too much decay has weakened a tooth
● a tooth is severely dis-coloured
● a dental bridge needs an anchor
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It’s also a possible solution when dentures are unstable or uncomfortable.
To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for a crown or bridge, you’ll need to speak with your dentist
Once fitted, it’s important to maintain a regular and effective oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day and floss daily, taking
extra care to floss around your crown. This will help avoid decay where the crown and the tooth join. Whether you have a crown or
bridge, it’s important to regularly visit your dentist for a check-up and clean. This way, problems can be detected early, increasing
the odds your dentist can help correct issues before they become painful or expensive.