A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Also known as caps, dental crowns fit over your damaged tooth, to protect the remains of the tooth structure, preserve its functionality, and restore its original shape and size. The colour is matched to that of your own teeth and will look and feel exactly like a natural tooth.
This is a common treatment option after a root canal or filling to help protect and restore the tooth. Crowns will help to preserve your natural teeth to help avoid extractions in the future.
A crown is not a permanent solution and may need to be repaired or replaced. With the right care and attention, your dental crown could last up to 15 years.
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Dental crowns made from porcelain/ceramic can be closely matched to the colour of your natural teeth, making a great option for protecting teeth at the front of the mouth. Harder-wearing metal crowns can make a good choice for back teeth.
A crown is designed to save the natural tooth by essentially putting a protective cap over it to prevent further damage. Crowns are long-lasting and will offer robust support to damaged teeth for many years.
No, you cannot whiten a dental crown. Dental crowns are made of materials that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. If your dental crown becomes stained or discoloured, you will need to replace it with a new one. If you are thinking about teeth whitening, you should complete this before getting a crown so we can match the colour of your teeth after whitening.
Dental crowns can last for many years, but they will eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of a dental crown depends on how well you take care of it and how much wear and tear it undergoes. Crowns made of porcelain or ceramic may last longer than those made of metal, but they are also more likely to chip or break.
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