Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you and if you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth then smiling may be the last thing you want to do. Dental crowns can help to improve the appearance of your smile by capping damaged or stained teeth to give you a straight, white smile that you will be proud to show off.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is an artificial cap which fits over the top of the remaining part of a damaged, stained or crooked tooth- which makes it stronger and gives the appearance of a natural tooth. A dental crown is often also referred to as a cap and caps are the ideal way to repair teeth which have been broken or weakened by a large filling or decay. For example, if you have had a root filling, a dental crown may be put in place to protect the remainder of the tooth from further damage.
Crowns can be made from a range of materials, with new options being introduced all the time. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are the most popular, with gold and glass also being used, but less frequently. Your dentist will prepare your damaged tooth by removing an outer layer of the tooth to reveal the core and shape to the tooth to fit the crown. A mould with then be taken of your tooth so that the crown can fit perfectly. Your dentist may also take an impression of the opposite jaw to create a natural look to the crown and also to see how you bite together.
You will be given a temporary crown while your permanent one is being created and once you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of your new crown, it will be permanently placed in your mouth and secured using dental cement or adhesive.