A dental crown, also called a cap, is a fixed artificial prosthesis that restores a tooth to its original appearance and level of function.
Crown placement can be indicated in a number of situations:
- To restore a broken or damaged tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking
- To cover teeth that have undergone root canal therapy
- To replace lost teeth (implants and bridges)
- To improve the appearance of misshapen, severely discolored or misaligned teeth
- To make a cosmetic modification
Dr CRISTINA ISORNA
Dr Cristina Isorna is a Board Member and Examiner of the University College London Certificate in Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry Programme and an active member of dental societies such as the American Dental Society of London and the British Dental Association.
Dr Cristina Isorna has reconstructed my dentition in a way that is so natural the implantologist stated that he would not have known it was a combination of crowns and veneers!
MARY DI LUSTRO
Dental crowns, implants and bridges
Dental crowns are a really versatile restorative solution when natural teeth are badly decayed or injured. They are also recommended to anchor dental bridges in place or replenish placed dental implants.
Implant-supported crowns are a permanent and natural-looking solution to replace a missing single tooth. Our oral surgeon inserts an artificial titanium root into the jawbone (implant) using a minimally invasive procedure. After the dental implant has integrated into the bone, the definitive dental prosthesis is put into place, restoring the tooth function.
A dental bridge typically consists of two or more specially fitted crowns that literally “bridge” the gap between two teeth. These crowns can be supported by natural teeth or implants. Once the bridge is placed, it works just like natural teeth.
Dental crowns in cosmetic and restorative dentistry
Dental crowns can also be used in cosmetic and restorative procedures to strengthen and protect the tooth structure when it has been damaged or to restore discoloured, broken or crooked teeth and to close gaps.
Crowns are commonly needed instead of dental veneers when there are severe chips and breaks that cannot be covered with a simple veneer. While one replaces a substantial portion of the tooth, the other is just a thin layer of porcelain that is attached to its front side to improve its appearance.
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