Dental Dilemmas – Dental Crowns for broken teeth

Q. I have quite a few broken teeth, would having a crown fix them?

A. Crowns, also known as caps, are when teeth are artificially restored and are placed on the remaining part of a tooth or teeth, in order to strengthen them and give the shape of natural teeth. They’re made from a range of materials like porcelain, ceramic, glass and gold, but the most popular options crowns that are made from porcelain bonded to metal–due to its durability and strength.

They’re a particularly suitable replacement for broken teeth or teeth that have become weak as a result of decay or large fillings. Can even be used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become discoloured from fillings and you want to improve the appearance of them.

So, if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look and want to have a natural looking smile then it’s worth speaking with your dentist about the available options in order to enhance them. The process of getting a crown fitted is quite straight forward and usually takes place over two appointments.

The first appointment will be when the dentist prepares your tooth by removing a layer from the outer surface off your tooth, roughly the same thickness as the crown. You’ll get a temporary crown put in place so you can use the tooth while your permanent crown is made.

During the second visit your dentist will fit the crown permanently, and once you’re happy with it, your dentist will fit the tooth with special cement to hold it in place.

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