What are dental crowns?

The outside of a tooth is made up of strong and hard enamel. However, teeth can break or become weakened due to;

  • extensive decay
  • large fillings
  • root canal treatment
  • trauma (physical injury to the tooth – falling etc)
  • age-related wear and tear

Dental crowns are customised caps placed over individual teeth, either to protect damaged and weakened teeth or to enhance their appearance (shape, size and/or shade of a tooth can be optimised).

Full ceramic crowns look very natural and can be made to match the shade of adjusting teeth. When one tooth requires correction, a crown is used. When multiple teeth require correction, a bridge is used.

Dental Crown Treatment

During a crown treatment, your Rose Dental dentist will prepare and remove part of the outer layer of the tooth. A mould will be taken of the tooth which is sent to a lab that manufactures the crown from porcelain or zirconia. While the crown is being manufactured, a temporary crown will be placed over the remaining tooth structure to protect it.

When the crown is ready, you will return to your dentist for a second appointment. This appointment will consist of removing the temporary crown and fitting in the permanent crown using dental cement.

Crowns can be cared for with regular brushing and flossing. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) then you should wear a night guard at night to prevent your teeth from damaging the crown.

Dental Bridgework

A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth with false teeth. This bridge is attached to your real teeth on either side of the gaps left by the missing teeth.

How long your crown and bridge lasts depends on the effectiveness and regularity of your dental hygiene routine. As a general rule, they last between 7-15 years but longer periods are certainly possible with outstanding oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.

Bridges are cared for in the same manner as for regular teeth. Bridges should be brushed and flossed regularly and inspected during an annual general check-up.