Teeth crowns are permanent and affordable – truly!
There’s simply no need these days to put up with a smile you're not proud of. Here’s why.
We got some great feedback from our recent blog which went back to basics and provided an explanation of what tooth bridges are – and how they can sort your smile.
To get technical for a minute, crowns are what we dentists refer to as a fixed prosthetic device. This means that, unlike dentures, you don’t take them out to clean them. Instead, they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by your dentist.
And that’s one of their strong points – the fact that they are fixed in position permanently. They’re never going to embarrass you in a social situation by slipping out of place, or causing any change in your speech pattern.
As the name suggests, a crown is a kind of cap that is placed on top of a damaged tooth. It’s often used to improve its shape, its appearance – or perhaps its alignment. And as well as being placed on top of a real tooth, it can also be placed on top of an implant – a kind of fixing post that’s used to anchor a crown.
But don't be tempted to think that its purpose is solely aesthetic. The placement of a crown will also restore the full level of functionality to your tooth, and you can use it with the utmost confidence, no matter what you're eating.
Crowns can be made from a wide variety of substances. Probably the most common of these are porcelain or ceramics, although you will also find crowns made from gold or other metal alloys.
Alloy crowns are normally stronger and tougher than porcelain, so they're often used for back teeth, which have to do a lot of the donkey work when chewing and eating.
One of the very handy features of crowns is that they can be matched to the colour of your normal teeth, so people won't ‘spot the difference’. In fact, unless you choose to share the fact that they're not your real teeth, nobody will be any the wiser.
Your dentist will also recommend a crown when a tooth is showing signs of weakness. The crown will stop it from fracturing. And of course, if you’ve ever had a root canal treatment, you’ll know that it usually involves having the treated tooth crowned.
Whatever the reason for your crown, the good news is that the cost is very affordable these days, mainly as a result of a greater streamlining in modern dental surgeries. And if you need multiple crowns, remember that you can choose to spread the cost over a number of months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
The bottom line is that if your smile is showing signs of distress, a crown – or multiple crowns – could well be the solution to your problems. If you're considering this form of treatment and want to know a bit more about it, here’s an informative article to get you started – http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=C&iid=301&aid=1204