Dental Crowns in Petworth

Sometimes known as a caps, crowns are carefully fitted sleeves that sit over an existing tooth to protect it from further damage, and to improve your overall smile.  

What are Dental Crowns?

We fix crowns securely over decayed or damaged teeth to conceal defects and provide added strength. They can be used to protect a tooth that has had root canal treatment, support a prosthetic tooth as part of a bridge or be attached to a dental implant.

Crowns are custom-made to fit precisely from impressions taken of the prepared tooth, helping to improve its shape and function.

Why Might I Need Crowns?

  • If your tooth has undergone significant decay and there is not enough tooth structure remaining to support a filling or an inlay and maintain functionality.
  • If a large portion of your tooth has fractured and it cannot be built up using traditional composite bonding techniques.
  • If you have a large cavity and opt for the additional protection a crown offers to your tooth over a large composite filling or an inlay.
  • If you have had a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, a crown will be fitted to the abutment of the titanium implant.
  • Following root canal treatment, a crown is often needed to strengthen the tooth.
  • If you grind your teeth and have a poor diet, acid erosion may reduce your teeth to a point where the only option available is to crown them.
  • For cosmetic reasons, to improve the aesthetics of your smile, you may opt for all porcelain cosmetic crowns.

What are the Benefits of Crowns? 

  • Appearance enhancing as they slot neatly over damaged teeth.
  • Provide a protective cover for weakened teeth.
  • Made from hard-wearing, tooth-like materials.

How Long do Crowns Last?

This will depend largely on how well you look after your teeth. Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth. Provided you have a good oral hygiene program, attend regular checkups at your dentist, don't grind your teeth, maintain a tooth-kind diet and don't do things like open beer bottles with your teeth, a high-quality dental crown can last 10-15 years.

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