Caring for your Dental Crown

How to ensure a long life for your new tooth crown.

The dental crown is one of the more common methods used by dentists to restore badly damaged or broken teeth. These are usually used in cases where a filling would not offer sufficient strength and also to complete a root canal procedure.

There are a number of different types of crown available at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham and we will discuss the most appropriate one to use during your consultation.

Fitting a crown

Fitting a crown is a relatively straightforward dental procedure and is usually done using a local anaesthetic to ensure that any discomfort that might be felt will be minimal.

To ensure that the crown is attached in the most efficient way possible, the damaged tooth is first prepared in a shape that will offer maximum strength. Impressions are then taken, from which the crowns will be made.

Once prepared, these will be attached to the prepared tooth using a very strong dental cement.

Oral health

Whilst a dental crown can last for many years, care still needs to be taken to keep the tooth healthy.

One important thing to remember is that, whilst the crown is made from an artificial material and therefore cannot decay; the underlying tooth can, and, if this occurs, the tooth itself may be lost.

A good level of oral care should be maintained which includes brushing, flossing and regular dental visits and examinations.

Providing that this advice is followed, your new dental crown should provide you with many years with a strong restored tooth.

Detached crowns

One of the more common problems with crowns that we see at our Clapham dental surgery is when they have become detached.

This can happen for a number of reasons, but usually occurs after some time, when the dental cement starts to break down and weaken. Even at this stage, it is often a blow to the face or accidentally biting on something hard which is the eventual cause of the detachment.

If your crown does become detached, it is important that you do not attempt to re-attach it yourself with household glues. This may sound odd to most but we have seen it happen!

Call us as soon as you can after the crown has become detached and keep it safe so that we can re-attach it professionally for you. This will give your crown additional life and will avoid other potential problems that can occur if you attempt to re-attach it yourself.

For all your general and cosmetic dental needs, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060.