Dental Crowns in Bournemouth
What is a Dental Crown?
At Beechwood Dental in Bournemouth we offer our patients a full range of crowns and bridges. A crown is a bespoke tooth-shaped cover or ‘cap’ used to resolve chipped, broken teeth or unwanted gaps and will restore your existing teeth’s strength, shape, appearance or alignment. A crown can also be used on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made from plastic, ceramic, porcelain or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximize strength and to match the appearance of your own natural teeth. As every tooth is different our Beechwood Dental Dentist, Anthony will advise you which type of crown will be best for you to achieve a high quality, long-term solution and that perfect smile.
Fitting a crown will require at least two appointments
Step 1 – The outer layer of the tooth is removed, leaving a strong inner core.
Step 2 – Impressions are then taken and a customised crown is produced.
Step 3 – A temporary crown is fitted to protect the prepared tooth.
Step 4 – The new crown will be checked for fit and appearance. A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the gum and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
At Beechwood Dental we would recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling where there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
- Attach to a bridge.
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or badly shaped tooth.
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal treatment.
We recommend you avoid any hard foods and thoroughly brush and floss your teeth, this will help to maintain a natural looking tooth that can last for years.
FAQ’s about Dental Crowns
How long does a crown last?
It is very difficult to predict the life expectancy of a dental crown. The lifespan of a crown depends on how well you maintain your teeth and oral health. On average, dental crowns last between 5 to 15 years. However, I have seen many crowns last for more than 20 years.
What are crowns made of?
Most commonly crowns are made from porcelain, ceramic, glass or gold alloy.
Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?
No, Anthony will make you feel comfortable by using a local anaesthetic during the procedure, resulting in no feeling in your gums around the tooth being prepared for the crown.
Will my crown look different?
Crowns are matched in size, shape and colour to sit comfortably alongside existing teeth.
Will my crown feel different?
At first, you might notice it feels different but after a few days, it becomes less noticeable. If your bite doesn’t feel right, your dentist can help you adjust your crown to make you feel more comfortable.