A crown also known as a “cap” is a restoration that is cemented on top of your own tooth. The tooth requiring a crown will be prepped by your dentist by making it slightly smaller in width and height so the crown can fit over the top making your tooth strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. Your dentist may advise a crown for a number of reasons for instance:
- You may have a root filling which may need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth.
- You may have fillings in your teeth that have discoloured them and you would like to improve the appearance of your smile.
- Your tooth has been weakened by a large filling and needs restored with a crown.
Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials. The most popular crown materials are:
Porcelain bonded crown
Porcelain bonded crowns are commonly used due to the strength of the material used. They are made up of precious metal with thin layers of porcelain covering the precious metal. Porcelain bonded crowns are commonly used on premolar and molar teeth and are ideal for a patient who has a very heavy chewing bite.
Full porcelain crown
Full porcelain crowns are very popular due to to them looking like natural teeth. They are recommended to patients who are considering cosmetic work and want to change the appearance of their teeth. They are most commonly used on front teeth and can change the look of your smile dramatically Full porcelain crowns are not as strong as a porcelain bonded crown therefore we would not recommend then to patients who have a strong bite or those who grind their teeth. Due to the cost of the material and the high aesthetic of this type, it is not available on the NHS. on our porcelain crowns they can only be part of a private treatment plan.
Gold crowns are very similar to porcelain bonded crowns in regards to the strength of them. The only difference is the gold crowns are more noticeable in your mouth and a lot of patients are very self conscious about this. We recommend gold crowns on molar teeth for patients who have a heavy bite and gold crowns are also available on the NHS at our 1Smile Clinics.
An Emax Crown is one of the best in the dental world due to its reliability and cosmetic appearance It is made from an all ceramic material giving it strength, durability and a very natural appearance At our 1Smile Clinics we are very proud to offer such high standards in dentistry and will make sure that your crown is second to none.
During the preparation stage we will send you to a private master ceramist who will match your emax crown shade to the exact colour of your natural teeth making sure that no one will be able to tell the difference.
Our Emax Crowns can only be part of a private treatment plan and are quite expensive due to the quality and aesthetics. The cost starts from £745 per crown depending on the tooth. Emax Crowns are known for their durability and strength but at every 1Smile Clinic we offer a 5 year warranty against fracture.
A bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth either side of the gap and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the middle of the space.
All dental bridges have to be made in a laboratory and cemented in the mouth with a cement. The constructions of a bridge is not quick and can take around 2-3 visits to your dentist. Once a bridge is fitted it cannot be removed for cleaning and should be cleaned just the same as your natural teeth.
The cost of a bridge will vary according to the size and type of bridge you need but our dentists will always provide an estimate and treatment plan before any dental treatment is started.
There are different types of bridges available and our dentists at 1Smile Clinics will always speak you through each type.
A fixed bridge is very similar to a porcelain bonded crown in the aspect that it is the exact same material used except there is more teeth and they are joined together. It is the perfect procedure for a patient that wants to close a gap on their back teeth due the strength of the material. A fixed bridge is a permanent solution and will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
Resin bonded or Maryland bonded bridge:
A resin bonded or maryland bridge is usually recommended when you are wanting to close a gap on your front teeth. It is cemented onto the enamel and is supported by the surrounding teeth with small wings to hold the bridge in place. Maryland bridges are most commonly used for smaller gaps in your mouth.
All porcelain bridge:
If you are looking for the perfect smile and want to improve the appearance of your teeth then a porcelain bridge is definitely one of the best options. It is made entirely of porcelain and aesthetically gives the most natural looking appearance Like porcelain veneers a porcelain bridge is only available as part of a private treatment plan.
All of the above crowns and bridge are available at any of our 1Smile Clinics and our dentists have many years of experience in making crowns for patients. If you have any questions please do not hesitate in asking us and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.