We use the latest technology to create custom-made dental crowns that are tailored to your unique smile, taking great care to ensure that they fit perfectly in your mouth and look natural.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed over teeth. They are used to restore the shape, size, and strength of teeth that have been damaged by decay, injury, or wear and tear.
Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discoloured, or have gaps between them.
What To Expect When Getting Dental Crowns
If you have a damaged, decayed, or weakened tooth, a dental crown can be a great option for restoring its shape, strength, and function. The process of getting a dental crown typically involves two main steps:
The first step involves preparing the tooth that needs the crown. This typically involves numbing the area around the tooth, and then using specialised tools to shape the tooth so that it can properly support the crown. If the tooth is severely damaged or decayed, your dentist may also need to build it up using a filling material.
Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth, which will be used to create a custom crown that fits perfectly in your mouth. You may also receive a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
Once the custom crown is ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for the second appointment. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth, then carefully place the permanent crown over the prepared tooth.
The crown will be checked for fit and comfort, and your dentist may make adjustments if necessary. Once the crown is properly positioned, it will be permanently cemented in place.
The entire process of getting a dental crown typically takes two to three appointments, depending on the complexity of the case and the materials used.
After the crown is placed, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort for a few days, but this should subside quickly.
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The Perfect Fit at Belmont Dental Surgery
If you’re considering getting dental crowns, choosing the right dentist is crucial.
At Belmont Dental Surgery, we have a team of experienced dentists who will work with you to understand your needs and preferences, and recommend the best material for your specific case. Additionally, we take great care in designing your dental crown to ensure that it fits perfectly in your mouth and looks natural.
Frequently asked questions
We understand that patients may have questions and concerns about the dental crown process. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand this treatment option.
There are three main types of dental crowns:
Porcelain crowns are the most popular type because they offer the best natural look. However, they are also the most expensive.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are less expensive but can be more visible, especially if your gums recede.
Resin crowns are the least expensive but are not as durable as the other types.
A temporary crown is a dental restoration used to replace a lost or damaged tooth. It is made of porcelain, gold, or silver and is attached to the tooth by a metal frame. Below are a few key points to keep in mind when caring for your temporary dental crown:
- Make sure the crown is stored in a cool, dry place. Exposure to extreme heat or cold can damage the dental crown.
- Do not soak the crown in water or make any other type of treatment request for it. Doing so could cause permanent damage to the dental crown.
- Use lukewarm water and mild soap to clean the temporary dental crown daily. Ensure to rinse off all soap residue and water before putting the crown back on your tooth.
The lifespan of a dental crown depends on a variety of factors, including the material used, the location of the tooth, and your oral hygiene habits.
On average, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even longer with proper care.
No, getting dental crowns should not be painful. Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure, ensuring a comfortable experience for the patient.
Some sensitivity or mild discomfort may occur afterward, but it is usually temporary and manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.
What our clients say
“First visit and I was nervous, however I felt very much at ease as Receptionists were calming, and professional. On meeting Damian felt comfortable and he was gentle and caring and Hiliary a competent nurse. Am returning and have no hesitation in recommending the dental practice.”