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A dental crown is a way of making sure that your dentist doesn’t have to sacrifice the tooth by extracting it. You’ll find all the details of how a crown works right here.

There’s nothing sadder – for patients or dentists alike – than the decision to extract a tooth. That’s why your dentist will go to extremes to make sure that you still have a functioning tooth, regardless of what the dental problem may be.

For millions of patients around the world, a dental crown has been one of the ‘cool clean heroes’ when it comes to saving teeth – typically when they’ve either badly discoloured or badly damaged.

One of the biggest benefits of a crown as a treatment is that the modern crown is almost impossible to spot, so nobody need know that you’ve had work done – unless you choose to fess up and share it with them.

Your dentist also favours this type of treatment as it’s quite versatile. It can either be used in cases where there’s severe structural problems (such as a very large filling or accidental damage to a tooth) or in cases where there’s very bad discolourations, perhaps as a result of over-indulging in cigarettes, tea or red wine.

It can also be part of the solution when you are forced to have a root canal treatment. A crown is preferred to a filling in this instance as it provides a longer-term and more robust solution.

How do dental crowns work?

A crown is so-called because it actually acts as a new exterior that’s placed on top of your old tooth – in typical coronation style! That may suggest that you will be placing your trust in a tooth that’s not quite the real deal, but the reality is that it’s a very secure and permanent for of treatment, and your MyDental dentist is well used to fitting crowns.

You might also be worried that the new tooth will be bigger than the others, but this is not true. Your original tooth is filed back to such an extent that the new crown simply

How does the crown stay in place?

Obviously, something that’s attached onto your original tooth would not stay in position permanently unless there was some form of adhesive in place.

In the case of a dental crown, the adhesive used is a special form of dental fixing cement, and it provides a bond that’s at least as strong as the original tooth itself. The bottom line is that you can be 100% confident of the crown and can crunch down on as many fresh apples as you want – it’s going nowhere!

Is there more than one type of crown?

Yes – your dentist has a choice of two types of crown. The most common of these is the porcelain crown, and it’s been a staple of the dentist’s treatment portfolio for many years – with great success.

We mentioned earlier how well modern crowns look, and part of the reason for this is the substance they’re made of. In bygone years, someone who had a crown could easily be spotted by a metallic strip where the crown meets the gum.

Happily, this is now a thing of the past and the modern crown is genuinely undistinguishable from the real thing.

Why pay for the full treatment at once?

Your smile will be much improved when you have a crown fitted by MyDental – but you’ll be smiling even more if you decide to opt for our 0% Dental Finance plan, which lets you spread the dental crown cost over several months – without having to incur any extra interest charges.

Tooth crown prices are nowhere near as expensive as you might think, and they’re particularly affordable when you go the finance route.

And as always, we’re totally transparent in terms of our fees and how we display them, and subscribe to the code of practice of the Irish Dental Council in this regard – http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/displayoffees.php