A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to protect it from any further wear or breakages. They can also be used to correct any small issues with teeth such as tooth size and shape. You can have crowns in a variety of different materials such as silver metal, gold, porcelain or sometimes a combination.
Your dentist will first need to carry out an examination and x rays to make sure the tooth is suitable for a crown. After this they will prepare the tooth for the crown usually under local anesthetic, this involves reducing the size of the tooth to make space for the crown to go on top. A mould of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab where technicians create your customised crown made to fit snuggly over your tooth. Once made this crown is checked for a good fit and we will also check that you are happy with the fit and appearance of the tooth. Your dentist will check that you can bite well with the crown and only once both the patient and dentist are happy is the crown cemented into place.
We expect crowns to last several years, they are inert and so should not deteriorate to any large extent. However the tooth underneath can still get disease and therefore regular examinations and maintenance appointments are needed. As always good tooth brushing and flossing is essential in maintaining healthy teeth including crowned teeth.
Dentures are removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth; they are commonly referred to as “false teeth”. Dentures can be made of acrylic, metal, or a flexible material, your dentist can go through all of the options with you at a examination appointment as suitability needs to be assessed. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves a person’s appearance. Making dentures can be a complex procedures as the dentist will try to get a good fit, bite and appearance, therefore it can take at least 4 weeks to make them.
Here at City Dental we believe that dental hygiene is the cornerstone of good oral health and we actively encourage our patients to make use of dental hygiene services; seeing a dental hygienist on a regular basis will not only reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, bad breath, loose teeth, teeth staining and gum disease, it will also ensure that your teeth look bright and clean. Our highly trained and friendly dental hygienists provide a host of services, including:
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. You may need a root canal if your tooth has deep decay or an extensive restoration that involves the pulp. Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few weeks due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Root canal treatment may be done in single or multiple visits depending on the complexity of the tooth. In between treatment appointments, medicaments may be placed within the canals and the tooth is covered with a temporary filling.
If your tooth has a cavity or decay then it may need a filling. Your dentist will take away the unhealthy tooth tissue and decay in your teeth and then mould the filling material into the cavity. This can be done using the traditional amalgam filling or the more popular white fillings which look more natural and blend in with your teeth more.Enquire Now