A porcelain crown should be considered by all patients that have cracked, uneven, filled or chipped teeth and are looking to get them more aligned. They’re also an ideal solution for patients who want to disguise protruding teeth, close gaps or lighten the colour of the tooth. Compared to Veneers which just cover the surface, Porcelain crowns cover the whole of tooth which gives them a much more natural and even appearance. Today these fixtures are just as strong, comfortable and natural looking as your original teeth, with no unsightly black lines at gum level. A crown is placed on each individual tooth, much like a thimble over a finger when there is no longer a sufficient structure left to place a filling. This makes it a long term method of replacing missing teeth.
Losing a tooth can be of social and psychological concern. Teeth are lost for a number of reasons including:
If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth will eventually be lost, due to the improper forces exerted during chewing. A loss of one tooth can have serious effects on the rest of the mouth, this is because the surrounding teeth no longer have support. The neighbouring teeth will begin to shift and move out of their sockets due to the alteration of the chewing forces. Such a process will accelerate periodontal (gum) disease and cause further breakdown in the dental arch.
As well as these obvious medical problems, spaces between the teeth makes eating and chewing much more difficult as well as causing a loss of confidence in the patients smile.
Why Should we Replace Missing Teeth?
As well as use for missing teeth, crowns are also commonly applied to teeth that have recently undergone root canal treatment because they offer increased strength to the existing structure. A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. The teeth on either end of the span are crowned, and are referred to as abutments. The false teeth in a bridge that join the abutments are referred to as pontics. Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as precious metals (gold), semi-precious metals, porcelain, or a combination of metal fused to porcelain. Ours are ceramic made of porcelain and re-inforced with either an inner layer of strengthened ceramic or zirconia. It is important to consider both appearance and function when selecting the right material and these offer exceptional appearance and strength.
During your first round of treatment the teeth that are to be treated will be numbed using a local anaesthetic so that they can be painlessly trimmed down slightly. This allows the crown or bridge to fit onto the tooth. After this preparation has been completed, the temporary crowns and bridges will be fitted following an impression of that area of your mouth. These are temporary until your next appointment.
These veneers are ideal because they allow you to get an idea of what your smile will look like without committing to anything. If you require any adjustments to be made then then we’ll be able to accommodate you before the final porcelain crown is created.
These temporary veneers will be removed in your second appointment and replaced with the completed crown/bridge using extremely strong multi layered bonding system.
Finally, your crown will be polished and bite checked. In your post-treatment check-up we’ll check the crown or bridge and take some after photos.
All porcelain crown treatments are carried out using the latest pain-free anaesthetic techniques. In addition we can also offer you treatment under conscious sedation.
Contact us today for crown and bridge treatment on 0800 077 8092 | 0161 941 1159 in Hale, Cheshire
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