A dental crown may be just what you need to mend a broken tooth, giving you a smooth and natural look that will feel no different from your natural teeth. Are you looking into dental crowns in Hammersmith? If so, we’re the people to give you what you need.
What Are Dental Crowns Used For?
A dental crown is a method of rebuilding teeth that have suffered damage. You may also know them as ‘caps’. Crowns that are added to the front eight teeth are known as ‘anterior crowns’.
There are several reasons why you may need dental crowns in Hammersmith:
- Your natural tooth has broken in a way that cannot be repaired with a filling.
- You need to strengthen a tooth that has been weakened due to a large filling.
- You have discoloured fillings, and and want to improve the appearance of the tooth.
- You have had a tooth root treated, and so need a crown to protect it.
- Your tooth has been damaged, or need help holding a denture or bridge in place.
How Dental Crowns In Hammersmith Are Put On Your Teeth
If you think you may need a crown, then you can come talk to us at Blythe Road Dental Practice, and we’ll walk you through how the procedure works.
If a crown would work for you, then there are two different ways that they can be placed on your tooth.
The first and most common method is the multi day procedure. On the first day, you’ll go to the dentists where they will take images of the tooth, such as by taking a mould or using X rays. Then, you’ll have a local anaesthetic applied to your mouth. At this point, the dentist will trim down the tooth that will receive a crown, and make an impression of it.
At this point, they will fit a temporary crown onto your tooth to protect it. Then, they’ll send the impression to a lab, where a permanent crown will be made to fit your teeth. Once it’s ready, you’ll come back in and the dentist will fit that crown for you.
There’s also an option to have a crown fitted in a same day procedure. In this instance, the dentist will take digital pictures of your mouth, and using a scan, will be able to make a crown right there in the dental surgery. This can take 1-2 hours. Then, the dentist can fit the new crown over the tooth, just as they would in the above procedure.
In both instances, the crown shouldn’t hurt being applied, as you’ll have an anaesthetic beforehand. It will feel very similar to having a filling done on your tooth.
Taking Care Of Your Dental Crown
Once you’ve had dental crowns in Hammersmith applied to your teeth, how should you take care of them? There’s no specialist care you need to perform on them to keep them in good condition. As such, you should clean your teeth twice a day, as you normally would.
The crown itself can’t decay, but the tooth underneath it can still be susceptible to it. As such, if the join of the tooth and the crown starts decaying, it’ll endanger the crown. As such, keep cleaning your teeth as normal and get regular check ups to prevent this.
Getting Used To Your Dental Crown
One of the most common questions patients have about dental crowns in Hammersmith is, ‘Will I be able to feel the crown once it’s in place?’ The shape of the crown will be slightly different to your original tooth, so at first you are going to notice it. However, in a few days you’ll become used to it and forget it’s even there.
Sometimes you may need a slight adjustment, especially if the crown is sitting higher than your other teeth. If you are experiencing any discomfort, let us know and we can adjust it for you.
For information please contact us on 020 7602 5089.