What do I need to know about Crowns?
A tooth crown or dental crown is a tooth-shaped sleeve made of porcelain or metal or a combination of both that is placed over a tooth. The dentist will match it up to the shape and colour of your other teeth. These may be recommended to cover a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and to improve its appearance.
The crown, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapen or severely discoloured teeth
- To cover a dental implant
What types of crowns are available?
Your dentist will explain what is best for you and give you options as part of your treatment plan.
At Uddingston Dental Care permanent crowns can be all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Does a crowned tooth require special care?
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day – especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. At Uddingston we offer regular hygiene appointments with our Hygiene Therapists including Saturday mornings, so contact the reception team for more information.
What does a Crown Cost?
At Uddingston Dental Care we offer various possibilities for our patients and your dentist will give you the best options available to you and your clinical and aesthetic needs. NHS and private fees are both available.