A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a “cap”. Crowns are ideal for restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filing . A crown could be used for a number of other reasons,for instance:
- You may gave discoloured filings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- You may have had a root filing which will need a crown to protect it
- It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place
Many patients dislike the idea of having dental crowns because they feel that they stand out and are obvious, generally people associate having a dental Crown with having a grey line around the edge of that Crown. The thing to point out is that dental crowns are only obvious (especially with the grey line) when there are other things going on in the patient’s dental situation, but example retreated teeth or especially dark teeth underneath.
Also worth noting, is that by definition you do not notice crowns without the grey line, and so the temptation is to think that all crowns look bad… However the truth is that most crowns look absolutely fantastic, blend in naturally with the surrounding teeth and so you would never know that they are there!
There are a variety of techniques within dentistry that we can use to create dental crowns which reduce or eliminate anything obvious, so that your new teeth blend in naturally and harmoniously with your surrounding dentition.
WhiteStar dental practice is pleased to see patients from around the Harrow, Stanmore and Wealdstone areas and even further away in Middlesex.