A Dental Crown or Onlay (sometimes referred to as caps) are artificial coverings which are used to improve the appearance, restore the shape, size and function of teeth that are usually heavily broken down and filled.
Once cemented into place, a Crown will completely cover the biting surface of the tooth.
Our Dentists at 53 Wimpole Street advise Crowning teeth that are weak due to being heavily restored, have undergone a Root Canal Treatment or when teeth have fractured.
After preparation of your tooth, we encase the tooth with a Laboratory custom made covering, specifically designed to your Dentition for comfort as well as natural appearance.
We work with excellent local and national dental laboratories to provide you with life-like aesthetically pleasing restorations.
All of our Team at 53 Wimpole Street are experienced in working with all metallic and ceramic Crown Systems.
At 53 Wimpole Street, our Dental Team will discuss with you what the best option is based on your teeth and individual requirements.
Crowned teeth do not need any specific special care. They will require a regular dental cleaning at home and routine visits to your Dentist and hygienist.
Therfore, continue following good Oral Hygiene practices – brushing your teeth twice a day, one of which should be last thing at night and flossing once a day – especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.
Antibacterial mouth rinse can also help.
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Reasons a crown will be used:
- To protect weak teeth from breaking, or to hold together parts of fractured teeth.
- To restore broken or severely worn teeth.
- To encase and support teeth with large fillings where not enough of the natural tooth remains.
- To support and hold a Dental Bridge securely.
- To improve the appearance of misshapen or heavily discoloured teeth.
- To restore Dental Implants
- To make cosmetic modifications for aesthetic improvement.
Why would I need a crown?
Teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling, are great examples of the ideal use for a Crown. It may also be used for a number of other purposes, including:
• Discoloured fillings, to improve the appearance of the tooth.
• In case of Root Canal Treatment, to protect what is left of the tooth.
• We may use a Crown to help hold a Dental Bridge or Denture firmly in place.
What is a crown made of?
Crowns can be made of a range of different materials, the main ones being:
- Porcelain bonded to precious metal – This is the most popular material used.
- Porcelain: Crowns made entirely out of porcelain, mainly used for front teeth, as they look the most like natural teeth, but aren’t as strong as Bonded Crowns.
- All-ceramic: A modern metal-free alternative, combining the strength of a Bonded Crown and the look of a Porcelain Crown.
- Gold crowns: Crowns where Gold is bonded with other metal alloys, making it very hardwearing and long lasting.
How is a Crown prepared?
We will shape your tooth for the Crown, which involves removing a layer of the tooth’s surface, leaving the inner core. Once the tooth is shaped, our 53 Wimpole Street Dental Team will take an impression of the prepared tooth and the surrounding Dentition to ensure the Crown will fit securely within the mouth. We then send the impressions to our dedicated Dental Technician, along with details of the colour required etc.
What will happen between visits?
While you wait for your customised Crown to be made, our Dental Team at 53 Wimpole Street will place a Temporary Crown so you will still have use of your tooth whilst awaiting the placement of your Permanent Crown.
How is the crown fitted?
The Crown is fixed in place with a Dental cement or adhesive, once you and your Dentist are content with the overall appearance and fit. The adhesive forms a seal and holds the Crown in place.
Dr Bhavin Patel
Dr Bhavin Patel
Mr Sam Hassan
Mr Sam Hassan