WHAT ARE CROWNS?
Crowns can be placed on front and back teeth. Crowns for the front teeth are natural looking, tooth coloured, porcelain caps which fit over teeth that have been specifically shaped.
WHY HAVE FRONT TEETH CROWNED?
Teeth which have had repeated or large fillings or those which have had root canal treatments, may be weakened. A crown can make these teeth stronger and more comfortable. Other teeth may be so unsightly or badly darkened that a crown is the best choice to restore the natural shape and colour.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT DONE?
A local anaesthetic prevents discomfort, the tooth is shaped to reduce its size and a moulding is taken. A temporary crown covers the tooth while a permanent crown is made. Your dentist will check the fit and appearance before cementing the crown in place. We have a laboratory on site to ensure perfect colour matching and quality.
IS IT BAD FOR MY TEETH?
A minimal 1-1.3mm of tooth is removed. Weak or heavily filled teeth will last longer with crowns than without them.
WHAT ARE CROWNS MADE OF?
Crowns on front teeth are usually made of porcelain for appearance and in some cases this is fused over a gold or alloy core for added strength. Crowns are a long term treatment.
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