Dental crowns in Mill Hill East, North London
Natural looking tooth crowns
In the old days, if you had a damaged or badly decayed tooth, you would have no choice but to have it taken out. When there are cracks or eroded areas in a tooth, bacteria can find their way inside. If this happens, the tooth can become severely infected which could result in it having to be removed entirely.
But, there is something you can do to stop this from happening. Instead, once a tooth has become irreparably damaged or decayed, having a dental crown fitted could save your it.
A dental crown is essentially a tooth covering made to look and function like a real tooth. Also known as dental cap, these tooth crowns sit over the top of your damaged tooth like a protective hat. Custom-made to your original tooth’s size and your desired colour, dental crowns are specially crafted to fit perfectly in your mouth.
There are lots of reasons why someone may have a crown fitted, including:
- To protect a weakened tooth from breaking,
- To rebuild an already broken or severely worn down tooth,
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left to hold it in place,
- To hold together parts of a badly cracked tooth,
- To cover a dental implant,
- To hold a dental bridge in place,
- To cover misshapen or severely discoloured teeth, or
- To make a flawed tooth look more attractive.
Dental crowns are extremely effective in protecting the original tooth whilst also restoring its former function and appearance. In the majority of cases, your tooth crowns will look, feel and behave just like a real tooth. And, as long as you take proper care of your teeth, your dental crowns will last you for years.
Professionally crafted dental crowns in North London
Tooth crowns can be made from a number of different materials – most commonly dental ceramic or metal alloys.
Metal alloy tooth crowns are made from a mixture of gold, platinum, palladium, and other non-precious metals. You can usually get a metallic crown in either a “white” silver colour or a “yellow” gold tone. Although these crowns are strong, there unnatural appearance is usually a turn off for many patients.
The most popular kind of tooth alloy is those made from dental ceramic such as porcelain or zirconia. These tooth replacements are made to match the colour and shape of your other teeth for a completely natural looking smile.
Ceramic dental crowns are individually hand-crafted by highly qualified technicians known as ceramists. They do this by building up the dental ceramic layer by layer, tailoring them into the exact shape of the tooth they are replacing.
In some cases, they may also use a combination of ceramic fused to an inner metal crown. This is known as a PFM dental crown and offers the strength of a metal tooth crown with a more natural looking outer casing.
At Portner Pittack, we work closely with highly skilled ceramists to ensure our patients receive only the highest quality, professionally created dental crowns. Different situations may call for different types of tooth crowns, but our expert cosmetic dental team in Mill Hill East are here to help choose the perfect solution to suit your needs.
Your dental crowns procedure at our Mill Hill East practice
When you come in for your dental crowns consultation at Portner Pittack, you’ll get the chance to ask your dentist any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll do everything we can to explain the procedure and help you feel at ease.
Your dentist may need to take some x-rays of your mouth and jaw to check that the roots of the affected tooth and the surrounding bone are strong enough to hold the weight of a crown. If the tooth is severely decayed or if your dentist believes there is a risk of infection or injury to the pulp in your procedure, they may also wish to perform root canal therapy before placing your dental crowns.
If you and your dentist are happy to go ahead, we will then gently numb your tooth and gums with an anaesthetic. Most crowns tend to be around two or more millimetres thick in order to keep your tooth protected in the future. Because of this, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of your tooth enamel on all sides to ensure your new tooth crowns fit properly in your mouth.
All traces of decay and previous fillings will also be removed to create a blank canvass for the dental crowns to sit on. At the end of this appointment, your dentist will also take impressions of your tooth and place a temporary cap.
The impressions are then sent away to the lab for your bespoke dental crowns to be crafted. When they arrive at Portner Pittack, your dentist will call you back in to our North London practice for your fitting. Here, they will remove the temporary cap and, if the crown fits, it’ll be permanently fixed over your tooth with special dental cement.
Quality tooth crowns from Portner Pittack in Mill Hill East
Broken or badly decayed teeth don’t only ruin the appearance of your smile, they also have a negative effect on your overall health. To speak to a dental crowns expert, book your consultation today by calling 020 8349 3924.
You may prefer to fill out an enquiry form below or visit us at our practice in Mill Hill East, North London, to make your dental crowns appointment.
The Portner Pittack surgery is located in Thornfield Court, just a short walk to both the Mill Hill East underground and Finchley Central Station.