Dental crowns: a common dental restoration

We competently perform one of the most common kinds of restorative dentistry that takes place in a modern dental practice, which is dental crowns in Essex. They are used to fix teeth that have been broken, are weak due to excessive decay or because of a very large filling.

Dental Crowns in EssexKnown as the multi-taskers of dental work, dental crowns in Essex are used both restoratively to protect your tooth and cosmetically to enhance the appearance of your smile. If we have informed you that you need to get one of these ‘caps’ to fit over your teeth, then chances are that you are very likely to accidentally cause further damage to your tooth whilst eating and chewing. This can happen at any given time and is best to be avoided.

There is nothing wrong with getting one of these caps placed over the top of your teeth and dental crowns in Essex are a common restorative dental procedure that we frequently do to protect your teeth from further harm. They are coloured to look exactly like the natural hue of your tooth and are therefore invisible to see to the untrained eye. We are even able to tailor make every cap so that they suit your unique smile and teeth; there is no one size fits all for this kind of procedure.

Advances in technology

Previously, it was generally considered a somewhat lengthy and uncomfortable procedure for you when a crown needed to be fitted. You had to have moulds taken of your teeth which we then had to send away to a laboratory for the dental caps to be made and returned. They were then glued onto the teeth using a special cement.

With digital scanners and the innovative Cerec machine, this is a thing of the past. We first scan your teeth and then use these high quality images to construct a ceramic cap within a half hour using our in-house Cerec machine, meaning that the entire treatment can be done within the one appointment.

We use only the best materials to ensure longevity and durability of your cap. It is important to be able to provide you with a peace of mind when it comes to protecting your teeth from further harm as well as getting your time and money’s worth from your dental treatments with us.

If the materials are not of the best quality, there is a chance that after several years of wear and tear, the cap can come loose. This is considered to be a dental emergency and you should quickly present yourself to us in order to recover that exposed tooth.

When is this treatment a good option?

If you have discoloured fillings and would like to improve upon the appearance of your smile, then having a natural coloured cap covering these fillings or even replacing them is a very good option that we can offer you.

Alternatively, if you have had a root canal treatment, then you will need to have a crown to protect and cover that restored tooth. This allows you to bite and chew as if it were a real and fully functional tooth.

This treatment option is also used to anchor a denture or a bridge more firmly in place in your mouth. Their uses are really quite extensive and as such has been subject to rigorous testing to ensure quality and durability.

Your teeth can go on for longer

Dentistry in the 21st century is all about helping you to hang onto your teeth for life. For most of us that means our adult teeth are going to see at least 50 years of service.

We use our teeth every day and over time they do start to wear out. Plus there are certain things that can happen to them that could finish them off altogether, but we can extend their life with crowns. Here at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex, dental crowns are a versatile treatment that is used in several different ways.

Dental Crowns in EssexWhat is a crown?

A crown is a porcelain cover for your tooth. It fits down over the entire tooth, covering it completely right down to the gum. Crowns are custom-made to blend in with your other teeth, and no one but you will know they are not your natural teeth.

Abscesses

If you get an infection inside your tooth, it will probably show up first as incredible pain and an abscess under the gum. The way we treat an infected tooth is to clean out the infected pulp, which is the softest part of the inner tooth, right down into the root. We then fill the root and cover it with a crown so that you can continue to use it to eat with.

Crowns to cover up ugly fillings

If your tooth is mostly filling, the filling material can show through the enamel and make your tooth an unattractive colour. When a tooth gets to this stage, it may not be very strong either. We can cover the tooth over so that it looks good again and also to extend its chewing life.

Crowns for buttresses

If you have lost a tooth or two, we may recommend that you replace them with a bridge. This is one or more teeth suspended on a metal framework and anchored at either end by a healthy tooth covered in a crown. The healthy teeth have to be ground down to receive the crowns.

Dental porcelain does not respond to whitening so if you also want your teeth whitened, get that done first and then get the crown to match your whiter teeth.

Extending the life of your teeth

The aim of dentistry these days is to allow you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. We understand that nothing is ever as good as your own teeth, not only to do the job of eating, but also to keep your jawbone strong and healthy and your general health good.

Dentistry is getting better and better at extending the life of natural teeth. So good in fact, that people are taking a lot, sometimes even all, of their own teeth into their old age. Gone are the days when people were encouraged to have all their teeth removed in early adulthood, and replaced with dentures for life. Yes, this really did happen and not so long ago either, up to about 40 years ago, this practice was going on in the UK.

Dental Crowns in EssexInstead, we have all sorts of techniques up our sleeves for keeping teeth strong and healthy, even when they have taken a bit of a battering.

One method we use at Crofts Dental Practice, and actually it’s been around for ages, is dental crowns. In Essex, these little gems in the dentist’s toolkit have been around since the Etruscans – the ancient inhabitants of Tuscany in Italy, where no doubt people were always damaging their teeth on olive stones.

Getting crowns

The dental crown is an artificial cover for teeth that have had some kind of trauma, have been root treated, or have a very large filling in them. The crown slips over what remains of the tooth, to strengthen and protect it from further breakage.

Getting a crown fitted usually requires 2 appointments. One to examine and prepare the tooth. We need to make sure that the roots and surrounding bone are healthy, so we may take x-rays. Then, after administering a local anaesthetic, we file down the tooth to make room for the crown, or, if there’s really not much tooth left, we will build it up to allow it to fully support the crown. Then we make an impression of the tooth, and use this to make the crown out of porcelain colour-matched to your teeth. At the next appointment, we fit it and you are good to go.