What Are Dental Crowns?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials:
- Porcelain bonded to precious metal (a precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it)
- Porcelain crowns (these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain; they are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth)
- All- ceramic crowns (it offers a metal-free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown; suitable for use in all areas of the mouth)
- Porcelain and composite (they can sometimes look the most natural; they are not as strong as bonded metal crowns)
What will my dentist do?
The tooth to be crowned is prepared by your dentist here in Ipswich and records are given to a dental technician to fabricate the crown, which can then be inserted at another dental appointment. The shade of the neighbouring teeth will be recorded and the crown will be made to match your other teeth exactly.
What are the benefits?
Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be also used for discoloured fillings and you would like to improve the appearance of the tooth. Properly cared for crowns should last for many years. Your dentist will be able to tell you how long the crown may be expected to last.
Cosmetic crowns are basically ceramic crowns made by dental technicians with a well-developed skill for aesthetics.
Like with artists, the skill for making a beautiful crown can only be taught up to a certain level. The final touch comes with genuine talent. The best technicians in this respect have both technical skills and talent. They also spend a lot longer making these crowns so their fee is usually higher.
If you are based in Ipswich and need a crown to repair a damaged tooth, please call the team at Lighthouse Dental to book in.