Dental crowns can put the cap on a perfect smile.
Dental crowns are the perfect answer if you’ve got a tooth that’s damaged or discoloured. Here’s the full lowdown.
Dental science seems to be taking very significant leaps forward each year, and you can now avail of treatments that would have been just a pipedream for previous generations.
But despite the rate of change in our industry, some treatments seem to have been with us forever – yet continue to be a staple of your dentist’s treatment repertoire.
We’re talking about the dental crown, in particular. Sometimes known as a tooth crown, it’s one of the most common treatments that we carry out here at MyDental – and certainly one of the most effective.
Most people are familiar with the concept of the dental crown – the name kind of gives the game away! Quite simply, it involves filing down the damaged or discoloured tooth, and then ‘crowning’ it with a new replacement tooth.
Your dentist will normally recommend a crown when your existing tooth is badly damaged – maybe due to an accident, or if there is a serious level of discolouration in place, taking the look off your smile.
He may also recommend a crown in cases where you have had a root canal treatment – although sometimes a filling will be acceptable.
How does a dental crown work in practice?
Let’s suppose that you’ve had a filling in a tooth, and over time, you’ve had to get a slightly bigger filling. Eventually, the tooth loses its structural integrity and simply won’t bear another large filling. Rather than lose the tooth completely, your dentist may suggest going down the dental crown route.
First of all, the existing tooth is filed down substantially. It becomes a form of ‘stake’ onto which your dentist places the new crown. It’s held in place with a very strong form of ‘dental cement’. Once this has set, it forms a bond that is as strong – or stronger – than your existing teeth.
This means that you can use your crown with absolute confidence, whether it’s chomping on an apple or gnawing on a steak. Your crown simply won’t budge, no matter what pressure it comes under!
Are there different types of crown?
Yes. Crowns can be made from a number of different materials and your dentist will recommend the best option for your particular situation. It’s very much a case of horses for courses, but the crown that you’ll see most often in the Irish context is the porcelain crown.
It’s significant that the crown is made of porcelain – and not metal. If you know people who had a crown fitted a number of decades ago, it’s very easy to spot. The metal in the old crowns resulted in a telltale metallic ring between the tooth and the gum.
That’s very much a thing of the past, however, and nobody will need to know that you’ve had a crown – unless you want them to!
What about the cost?
Dental crowns in Dublin are extremely affordable – especially when you consider the impact they have on a damaged or discoloured smile. Even better, in terms of affordability, is the fact that you can opt to spread the cost of treatment over a number of months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
Once you’ve had your new tooth crown fitted, you’ll soon forget the cost and will be smiling with self-confidence once again.
If you’re considering a crown but would like to know a little more about the treatment, you might like to start your research by reading this article on the very helpful Colgate website - http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Checkups-and-Dental-Procedures/Crowns-Bridges/article/Crowns.cvsp