A crown is essentially a cap which encompasses a tooth and is held in place by a dental cement.
The advent of high quality aesthetic crowns allow us to restore damaged teeth with materials that mimic natural teeth.
Crowns are used for several reasons such as:
When teeth are heavily decayed or fractured and the remaining structure of the tooth would not provide adequate support with a filling.
Restoration of teeth with larger fillings.
Heavily discoloured teeth where more conservative measures are unable to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
It is important to know that a crown is not a permanent solution, and that the underlying tooth which the crown is sitting upon, is still prone to decay and gum disease. Therefore, good oral hygiene, and a limited sugar intake frequency in the diet is imperative.
The ceramic on the surface of crowns can sometimes chip of fracture. The risk of this can be minimised by avoiding excessive hard foods.
Regular check ups are therefore necessary to keep up with a maintenance programme.
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