If your natural tooth is damaged or decayed, we offer a range of different treatments here at Highfield Dental & Facial Clinic. When you have your appointment with our experienced dentists, they will take the time to carefully examine your mouth, so they can discuss your options and make recommendations based on their assessment of not just your clinical needs, but also your emotional and financial situation. You can have complete confidence that all treatments carried out here at Highfield have your best interests at heart.
It may be that they feel a dental crown would be a suitable option to repair your tooth and protect it for the future. A crown, also known as a dental cap, is made specifically to fit your mouth and fits over the remaining part of a damaged tooth. As part of our minimally invasive approach, we will never look to remove a tooth unnecessarily, due to the effect on the other teeth and your mouth and jaw, so if the root is healthy, a crown can be a great solution.
Crowns can be made from plastic, metals such as silver or gold, or dental porcelain which gives the most natural appearance. They are held in place by a dental adhesive, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
If you decide to go ahead with a dental crown, you will need to come into the practice for a series of appointments, but at the end of the treatment many patients tell us the look and feel is so natural they forget they have a crowned tooth at all. The appointments will include preparing the tooth by reducing its size so the new, bespoke crown will fit properly.
Your clinician will then take an impression of the shaped tooth, and send this to a dental laboratory who will create your bespoke crown. They will fit a temporary crown while the permanent version is being made, so your smile will look and feel natural between appointments. As we want to make sure you always feel relaxed and comfortable when you visit us, we may use a local anaesthetic during your treatment, and can offer safe sedation for any patients who are nervous or worried.
When your crown is made, you will return so your dentist can remove the temporary version and fit your permanent crown. Your new crown cannot decay, but it is important to remember that the tooth underneath could. We would recommend you have regular hygiene therapy sessions to help you look after your new crown and mouth, so you can always have the confidence to smile and enjoy the food and drink you love.