When attending your dental surgery for a check-up, and after having your mouth assessed, your dentist may tell you that you need a crown.
If you need to have a crown fitted, you will probably have had a clear indication when you attend your dental check-up to begin with, as a dentist will see obvious signs of damage or decay to your teeth immediately. A crown is a common type of restorative procedure, offered to patients who have a tooth (or teeth) that are damaged extensively by either decay or impact. And as it is the job of every dental professional to try and save every tooth in your mouth, a crown is a suitable way to restore the strength and functionality to your mouth, without needing to undergo a painful extraction.
And at Future Health Partnership Practices, we are able to offer all of our patients such restorative options, should their teeth succumb to decay or damage. Our dentist in Wrexham has helped to restore the strength and functionality of many damaged teeth by using a crown and can assure you that the process will be comfortable, straight-forward and long-lasting.
So what exactly is involved in fitting a crown to a damaged tooth? Our dentist in Wrexham offers a jargon-free, short guide to crowns and their fitting below.
Unlike a filling which can be fitted then and there, a crown will typically need 2 trips to our dentist in Wrexham to complete.
The first appointment will require our team to take a mould of the damaged tooth, in order to build a perfect crown. During the visit, our team will also prepare your tooth for the fitting, which will require removing any debris and/or decay. As a crown also requires your tooth to be shaped, we will use a slow drill to reshape the enamel. This can be a slightly longer process, but it is required to ensure a long-term successful fit of your new crown.
As we will need to send the mould of your tooth away to a dental laboratory for the crown to be created, there can be a delay of 3-4 weeks between your first and second visit.
The crown will be fitted and then using dental cement, we will be able to colour match it to your surrounding teeth.
As there are a variety of materials with which we can make your crown, your new fitting may be made from either ceramics, resin, porcelain or metal. You can even have a gold crown fitted!
There is no specific aftercare required once a crown has been fitted.
In order to prolong its longevity, you will need to maintain a high level of dental hygiene, so we will need to see you every 6 months for a check-up.
Be advised that if you begin grinding your teeth at night, this may shorten the life of your crown, and our team will be able to discuss a more suitable solution to repairing your tooth.