Dental crowns give you a great bang for your buck
Dentists hate the thought of extracting a tooth – and the dental crown is their preferred weapon in preventing extraction. Here’s why.
We watched a fascinating programme on TV recently called “The Queen’s Big Night Out”. It celebrated an unforgettable occasion on May 8th, 1945 – a day that will be remembered by some as VE Day - which celebrated the end of war in Europe.
About half a million people flocked in to the centre of London to celebrate, and as was was typical of the time, the senior royals waved demurely to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
But the current queen (then known as the 19-year-old Princess Elizabeth) and the 14-year-old Princess Margaret had other ideas. They planned to slip out into the throng, and celebrate – incognito – as hundreds of thousands just like them were doing.
Amazingly, the young Elizabeth went unrecognised by most. How, you may ask? Well bear in mind that she wasn’t wearing a crown – the universal sign of royalty that would have given her away in an instant.
The crown is also regarded as ‘royalty’ in the dental profession, as it is truly a king of all the treatments that we call on to save a tooth that might otherwise be heading for extraction.
A tooth crown (also known as a dental crown) is one of the most versatile forms of all dental interventions. It can be used with equal ease to address an aesthetic problem (yellowing or discolouring of teeth, for example) or a structural problem which may have resulted from an accident, or perhaps is due to ongoing decay.
Why are crowns so popular with dentists?
Part of the reason why your dentist is so turned on by crowns is that they can restore your full range of dental functionality. You can eat pretty much anything you want, chew on anything, bite on anything – without fearing that your crown will wilt under the pressure.
Another big plus of dental crowns is that they look the part. What we mean is that it’s a very natural-looing replacement. Your dentist can file it – and even colour it – so that it fits in brilliantly with the surrounding teeth.
Another part of the crown’s versatility is that it can be used to build a tooth back up after a root canal treatment. Sometimes, a simple filling will suffice, but when the damage to the tooth is significant, a crown is usually called for.
This all sounds quite expensive?
You’d be wrong on that front. Here at MyDental, we’ve streamlined the process to such a degree that we can afford to charge you a very reasonable and affordable amount. And if money is tight right now, you can choose to spread the cost over three months, six months or nine months by availing of our 0% Dental Finance Plan. Just ask us for details next time you're in.
Want to read some more about dental crowns?
There’s a great article on this topic over on the website of Colgate Oral Care. You’ll find it right here - http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns/article/crowns