What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are dental restorations that strengthen your existing, damaged tooth in order to preserve its functionality and improve its appearance. Dental crowns are sometimes known as teeth caps because the crown sits over your existing tooth and covers the entire outer surface.
Types of dental crowns
Some crowns are made from full gold, where as others are made from an alloy of metals fused to a porcelain outer shell. All-porcelain or ceramic crowns are the best choice for a natural cosmetic look. There are many different brands and types of porcelain crowns, and the variation between the costs of dental crowns reflect the quality of the materials used.
At Far Headingley Dental Care we use a variety of dental laboratories to create bespoke crowns for our dental patients. Whilst some dental practices use in house ceramic milling machines, we believe that the artistic and technical skill of a good dental technician is vital. Computers cannot be as creative or quality conscious as a good technician.
A dental crown is placed over the remains of a tooth that may be too damaged to simply placing a filling or to benefit from a dental inlay or onlay. Crowns are often used to protect and improve the look of a tooth and are commonly used after a tooth has had root canal treatment. A crown can be either made of a gold coloured material or a tooth coloured material. Your dentist will advise you as to which type of crown will be best for your tooth.
4 benefits of dental crowns
- The procedure helps protect damaged or broken teeth
- Can be used after root canal treatment
- Improves the cosmetic appearance of your tooth
- Can be matched to your original tooth colour
Why do some crowns go black around the gum line?
After time, crowns that are made from a combination of metal fused to porcelain can begin to show dark gum lines that are not aesthetically attractive. This can be avoided by using precious metals such as gold.
Do dental crowns look nice?
Dental crowns can look like your natural teeth. Because dental crowns encase the visible area of a tooth, porcelain crowns can be colour matched and can be used to enhance the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. Far Headingley Dental Care uses high quality dental laboratories to create aesthetically pleasing dental crowns.
How long do dental crowns last?
If properly maintained and if you follow a good oral hygiene routine, dental crowns can last for over ten years.
How do I take care of my dental crowns?
Dental crowns require good dental hygiene routines. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. It is also important to attend regular dental check-ups to ensure the crown remains in good condition and any issues are addressed quickly by your dentist.
How much do dental crowns cost?
For our current dental fee guide please click here. As with any product or service there are cheap dental crowns and there are expensive ones. We recognise that people have different priorities both financially and aesthetically, so we will help craft a bespoke dental treatment plan for you.
Get in touch
To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can help you with dental crowns, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice in Leeds on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.
Existing practice members can book an appointment to see their dentist online here.