Crowns, or caps as they are sometimes known, from Glen Dental in Leicester are used to fix chipped teeth, restore teeth weakened by decay or contain a very large filling. They can also be used to mask unsightly issues such as discoloured or stained fillings to provide a more aesthetic smile. Additionally, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain bonded to metal, porcelain, ceramic, glass or a gold alloy and requires some tooth preparation to be carried out.
They are carefully crafted to look natural and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth and can eliminate dark metallic lines around the gums.
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Our Leicester dentists can offer bridges as a long lasting solution to permanently fit a replacement tooth or teeth by being carefully attached to adjacent teeth either side of the gap. Some preparation of the tooth is required with bridges.
A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can’t come out.
Normally made of porcelain fused to a metal or ceramic base, they provide a perfect solution to gaps in your smile – helping to improve eating and speaking, restoring facial shape and keeping any existing teeth firmly in place.
If well maintained and well constructed a dental crown can last for 10 years, even a lifetime. Modern crowns are extremely strong and long lasting and it is usually the underlying truth which requires treatment and therefore replacement of the Crown.
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown/bridge is to practice good oral hygiene.
Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. We advice to spit out the excess toothpaste after toothbrushing but not to rinse out with water. Tailor made advice on cleaning around a bridge using a special type of floss called Superfloss or interdental brushes is essential.
See your Leicester dentist or hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. Avoid using your crown or bridge (and natural teeth!) for things such as opening bottle lids, tearing sellotape or cutting cotton thread.
Patients on a membership plan received 15% discount and crowns begin from £374. This depends upon the complexity of the treatment and the type of Crown used.
The highest quality crowns generally use the most biocompatible materials, either titanium or alloys containing gold. To keep the cost down sometimes chrome cobalt alloys are used.
Dental crowns come in a range of different types, usually depended upon the type of material used:
Full metal crowns
These are used Less frequently nowadays due to their cosmetic appearance, typical materials used will be gold (which is one of the most biocompatible materials) or chrome cobalt which is much lower cost than gold.
Porcelain fused the metal
In this type of Crown the metal gates over the surface of the prepared to and the porcelain is fused onto this. The part that you see Is only the porcelain and none of the underlying metal should be visible. However, the metal does affect the translucency of the crown as the light cannot pass through the metal and so porcelain fused the metal crowns can sometimes look more opaque than natural teeth.
All porcelain crowns
With modern materials such as zirconia porcelain crowns are becoming the norm. They offer the highest translucency and are therefore the most aesthetic as well is being exceptionally strong.
A composite crown can sometimes be lower cost than tt’s zirconia alternative however, composite will wear away much quicker and is more prone to fracture, although if it does fracture it is easier for the dentist to fix in your mouth without having it removed.
No, you will always have a dental injection to ensure that the area affected is completely numb for any treatment. You may however find some post operative sensitivity as the sensations return after the anaesthetic. This sensitivity will usually subside quite quickly and can be controlled in the short time by over-the-counter painkillers.
From having your tooth prepared for a dental crown to having the actual crown fitted usually takes around two weeks. If the treatment is complex it may be a little longer or if there is a particular urgency then the treatment time can be shortened slightly.
The crown will be made by a highly skilled dental technician, the process takes several days to go through meaning the entire process takes approximately 2 weeks.
The price of a dental bridge is from £420.75 per tooth for patients on the membership plan, including a 15% discount. The exact price will depend upon the complexity of the treatment and the material used.
"I would like to tank all the staff at Glen Dental Practice for the professional, friendly and courteous service they offered me today. This was definitely one of the most pleasant and pain free experiences I have enjoyed in a dental practice anywhere and I am absolutely delighted with my new ceramic crowns."
*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Glen Dental cannot guarantee specific results.