Thinking of getting a dental crown but not sure if it is the right choice for you? Or, perhaps you just have a couple of questions that you need answers for. In this article, we’ll answer common questions that we get asked about crowns as well as some general guidance on the procedure.
1. Will it hurt?
This is probably the question that we get asked the most and is also one of the reasons that people fear the dentist so much, the thought of pain. For the majority of our patients having a dental crown is a completely pain-free procedure. It is very much dependent on the condition of a patient’s teeth and our dentists will be able to do a full assessment of your teeth prior to any treatment.
2. Do crowns look natural?
Whether you want a single crown to cover a broken, damaged or discoloured tooth or would like a full-mouth restoration, each dental crown will be made to match the natural colour of your teeth. Your dentist will work with you to discuss all your options and help give you a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
3. When is a crown suitable?
A crown is a great option for anyone looking to improve their dental hygiene while also fixing damaged, discoloured or broken teeth. Crowns can be used to attach bridges and are also a recommended option for protecting teeth following a root canal treatment. As well as traditional crowns that fit over an existing tooth, an implant crown covers a dental implant and is used to replace a missing tooth.
4. What are dental crowns made from?
Dental crowns can be made from a range of different materials which are ceramic, porcelain, gold alloy and base metal alloy. They offer a strong and durable solution with the metal alloys offering the best durability. Porcelain crowns which are fused to metal offer a great combination of durability while also helping to enhance the appearance of your teeth. Ceramic crowns are a popular choice for the restoration of front teeth as they have the ability to perfectly blend in with your natural teeth colour.
5. How long does it take to have dental crowns fitted?
Generally speaking, most dental crowns are fitted during two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth, take impressions of your mouth and where needed fit a temporary crown. From the impressions, the dental lab will then make the necessary dental crowns ready for your second appointment. These crowns will be a perfect fit for your teeth and will be fitted during your second appointment where they will be cemented to your teeth.
6. Will a crown stop future cavities?
While crowns provide a near-perfect seal for the underlying tooth there is no guarantee that they will prevent decay. It’s important to carry out proper oral hygiene in order to help protect your teeth and keep your mouth in the best condition possible. Also, make sure you book in regular check-ups with your dentist to help monitor the condition of your crowns.
7. What’s the lifespan of a dental crown?
A dental crown can last a lifetime when it is looked after. To keep your dental crown in the best condition, brush your teeth at least two times a day and if you are prone to grinding your teeth make sure you ask your dentist for a nightguard.