Why extract a tooth when you can crown it?
We absolutely hate the very thought of having to extract a tooth – but here’s how a simple crown treatment may well mean we don’t have to!
We’ve written recently about the positive benefits of fluoride, and how it has brought about a transformative effect in terms of dental health in the geographical regions where it’s been introduced.
But there are other reasons for improved dental health. First and foremost is the fact that we are so much better educated today about what we need to do if we are to ensure optimal dental care.
The Internet is an amazing source of information, and even the least technically savvy can easily land on hundreds of articles about giving your teeth every chance to last you a lifetime!
More dental tools available than ever
There’s also ready availability of the ‘tools’ you need to keep your teeth exactly as you like them. A visit to the supermarket or the chemist’s will yield no shortage of toothpastes, mouthwashes, toothbrushes, floss, interdental brushes and a host of over things you’ll need.
So it’s very easy to see why standards of dental health are improving on a steady basis. And this probably explains why your dentist is so reluctant to consider extracting a tooth. After all, it was designed to last you a lifetime.
Thankfully, if you have a problem which is serious in nature, one of the treatments your dentist can recommend is a dental crown. Quite simply, this is a way of ensuring that your damaged tooth is saved for another day.
Millions of people right around the world have had a crown fitted over the years, and it’s a wonderfully effective and efficient way of shoring up a tooth that’s either badly discoloured or badly damaged, perhaps after an accident or a series of large fillings.
Why are crowns so popular?
Perhaps one of the most obvious reasons is that a modern crown is almost impossible to spot. In the past, they were quite easy to notice, with a telltale metallic line where the tooth met the gum. They’ve come on in leaps and bounds since those bad old days, however, and your dentist can shape and colour your crown so that it fits in exactly with the rest of your teeth.
Another reason for the popularity of crowns is their versatility. Your dentist can use it in a number of possible scenarios:
What’s the technology behind dental crowns?
First of all, why is a crown so-called? Well, very simply, it’s known as a crown because it fits over your exiting tooth – as if it were coronation time for the old tooth!
And before you start to worry that this would result in a less permanent solution, let us assure you that this is not the case. First of all, the crown itself is made of super-tough material, but also the dental cement that keeps it affixed to your tooth is very robust and creates a lasting bond that simply won’t let you down.
Are crowns expensive?
You’ll be very pleasantly surprised when you see how affordable it is to have a potentially terminal tooth restored to full health. And why not be extra-canny about paying for your treatment by availing of our 0% Dental Finance plan, letting you spread the dental crown cost over three, six or nine months.
Tooth crown prices represent wonderful value when you consider that, with the proper care and attention, the treatment will last till the end of your days!
If you’d like to get an exact cost, you’ll find it right here on the website, or you’ll also see our fees displayed throughout our offices and surgery, in keeping with the code of practice of the Irish Dental Council – http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/displayoffees.php