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Can dental crowns really do all they claim?

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If you have a damaged or discoloured tooth, your dentist may well have mentioned having a dental crown. But do you know what they are – and what you can expect when the job is completed?

Crowns have been around for so long that they’ve almost become something of an oddity for younger patients of MyDental – a little like vinyl records and Sony Walkmans!

But while crowns may be a tad long in the tooth themselves, they are nevertheless one of the most dependable tools in your dentist’s toolkit – and a treatment that he looks to time and time again for a wide range of applications.

But before we get into the details, let’s take a step back and ask the basic question – what is a crown? Well, very simply, it’s a specialist treatment that your dentist calls on when he wants to treat either bad discolouration of your teeth (or a single tooth), or possibly physical damage, perhaps as a result of an accident.

Severe discolouration is a fact of life for a number of people. And yes, we’re talking in the main about smokers! But believe it or not, you can also do serious damage to the colour of your teeth if you overdo it on the humble cup of tea.

Also, regular imbibers of red wine could end up with a discolouration problem after years of subjecting their teeth to the harmful tannins in the wine.

Another possible application for a crown is after you’ve had a root canal treatment. Once the canal has been cleaned out, you will need either a filling or a crown. If the cavity is too big, the obvious solution is a crown.

Are they life-like in appearance?

We guarantee you that very few people will spot you’ve had a crown fitted – unless you decide to ‘fess up’ to them. And it’s important to know that it’s not a question of ‘one size fits all’. Your dentist will make sure that the new crown is exactly the right size, shape – and colour – to blend in perfectly with your normal teeth.

In practice, your dentist will often opt for a crown where a tooth may have been filled a number of times already – and just won’t hold another filling. It simply doesn’t have the required level of structural integrity.

So a dental crown – or tooth crown, as you’ll sometimes hear it referred to, will act as a protective outer layer and provide a sort of invisible scaffolding for the damaged tooth.

Can I depend on them?

Absolutely. Once your new crown is in place, you’ll have the full strength of a normal, healthy tooth. So there’s no need to worry about chomping into an apple or tackling a rare steak – your crown will tackle it all in its stride.

It’s fixed on to your existing tooth with a special form of dental cement that forms a very tough bond, so there’s simply no chance that it’s going anywhere!

Take a look at the benefits

  • Dental crowns are a permanent solution that should last you just as long as a normal tooth.
  • There’s no weird sensation – they feel totally normal.
  • They’re very affordable.
  • A tooth crown means that a tooth that was in the ‘at risk’ category can now be permanently saved.

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