Manchester Dental Practice has substantial experience in providing dental crowns to hundreds of patients over the years. Crowns are a common treatment where a tooth has become broken, cracked or damaged. They are popular because of the benefits they bring to your appearance and health; a crown revives the appearance and strength of the tooth, allowing you to enjoy your favourite foods as well as to speak and smile with confidence.
What is a Crown?
A crown (sometimes known as a ‘cap’) completely covers a damaged tooth that may have been broken, affected by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the existing tooth structure, making it solid and resembling the shape impression of a natural tooth, so it looks natural and matches the rest of your teeth.
Patients choose crowns both for functional as well as aesthetic reasons. They are often used to strengthen teeth which have become: brittle through root canal-treatment; irritable through large fillings; or ineffective at biting due to excessive grinding.
Equally, crowns are used to restore teeth to their natural colour or shape by generally enhancing their appearance, improving shape and correcting alignment.
A crown could benefit you if you want to enhance your smile by improving the appearance of any discoloured fillings. It can help you if you have had root canal treatment and want to protect the restored tooth and experience biting as if using an original tooth. Lastly, if you have a bridge or use dentures, crowns help to anchor these firmly into position.
What is the treatment?
When you visit Manchester Dental Practice, you can have the peace of mind of being in the capable hands of a highly professional and dedicated team. We are passionate about giving you a first-class experience with results to boost your confidence and the vitality of your smile. Crowns depend on the supporting tooth being healthy enough to support them, so this may mean they are not suitable in every situation. As with every treatment we offer, our award winning clinicians will carefully talk through your options to ensure you can make the best choices about looking and feeling good about your smile.
Dental crowns are unique and have to be custom made. Before fitting a new crown, we need to prepare the tooth to provide the best opportunity for a flawless fit and everlasting bonding. As part of this process, we take an impression of the tooth, from which we craft the new dental crown to the match the shape and shade of your natural tooth. This process can take a few days and up to two visits to the practice. The crown is bonded using a special adhesive and should fit unnoticeably.
MDP offer three types of crowns:
- Gold crowns: these are commonly used on back teeth as they are the strongest type
- Porcelain bonded to metal crowns: these offer a more lifelike appearance than gold; but are less realistic than Porcelain CEREC® crowns
- Porcelain CEREC® crowns: the most aesthetically appealing and durable option owing to their natural appearance and robust makeup. They offer the added benefit of being fitted within a single day!
Have you broken a tooth?
To find out more about fixing a broken, cracked or damaged tooth, or to fill a gap where a tooth is missing, please call Manchester Dental Practice on 0161 8330 704 where our highly expert and friendly dental team will assess your needs and recommend the most suitable treatment.