A crown is the top part of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. They can be restored if a significant portion of the tooth is missing due to severe decay or having been broken as a result of an accident.
At Kew Road Dental in Richmond, we can create new dental crowns which look and feel like natural teeth. Our dentist will always recommend the most appropriate dental crown for your needs, whether it be aesthetics at the front of the mouth or the necessary strength required nearer the back of the mouth. There are choices of materials available such as gold, porcelain, emax or zirconium oxide dental crowns and each vary in price according to their particular qualities.
As well as restoring a tooth, dental crowns can also be used as an optional cosmetic treatment to simply reshape a tooth for a more pleasing look.
A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth so it is usually recommended to reconstruct a tooth when a large amount is missing following decay or injury. Also, teeth diagnosed with an early crack (often referred to as cracked tooth syndrome) can have crowns placed on them. This reduces discomfort when biting and prevents the tooth cracking further.
A tooth which has undergone root canal treatment usually requires a new dental crown to prevent the tooth fracturing. Root filled teeth need to be protected to prevent bacteria entering again and a new infection developing.
Dental crowns can last for many years but this depends heavily on how you care for them. If you practice good dental hygiene on a daily basis, you'll be able to extend their life.
When one or more teeth are missing, a dental bridge is an option to fill the gap between teeth. Teeth may fall out due to age, extracted because of severe decay or trauma, or even have been absent from the very beginning. Whatever the reason, missing teeth can be problematic when chewing, eating or talking as well as leaving an unsightly gap.
A dental bridge is held in place by the teeth on either side of the gap, or it can be held on one side only. An alternative to replacing missing teeth are dental implants or partial dentures. Our dentist in Richmond will advise you of the most appropriate solution for you.
They are much more secure and stronger than dentures. They are permanently fixed and therefore more stable when chewing, as well as being more comfortable.
Dental bridges should last for many years as long as they are cared for like you would your normal teeth.
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