Crowns are often known as caps and this description gives a good indication of what they look like and how they work – crowns fit on top of a tooth, giving it back its strength, shape and function. Crowns are made from a variety of materials and can provide a very effective cosmetic treatment.
Crowns are used to treat teeth that have been affected by decay or which are misshapen. They can also be used to cover a large or discoloured filling and to protect a root filling. When you come to Gorgie Road your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and decide if a crown is the best treatment option for you. He or she will then discuss the different types of caps available and the pros and cons of each. For example, metal crowns can provide a very strong solution for back teeth, while porcelain or ceramic crowns can provide a durable, natural look.
When your crown is put in place you will be given a local anaesthetic, your tooth will be prepared and a mould will be taken to create the crown. You should feel the same level of discomfort that you experience with a filling. Crowns are long lasting, but must be looked after using good oral hygiene and regular check-ups.
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