Five Ways Dental Crowns Can Change Your Smile for the Better Blog

30 August 2016

Five Ways Dental Crowns Can Change Your Smile for the Better

Whether you have a serious love for sweets or chipped a tooth, dental crowns can help keep your smile bright, appealing, and beautiful. Through one mean or another, your teeth can break, crack, discolour, or develop a cavity at any given time. Fortunately, there are highly trained dentists available in your area with the expertise necessary to fix your teeth with a natural-looking, cost-effective dental crown.

A Healthy Smile

Dental crowns greatly improve the overall appearance of your smile. Porcelain crowns are especially popular for this, as they are durable, long-lasting, and look identical to your natural teeth, so they are as close to the real thing as you can get. Since they easily replicate the colour and luster of real teeth, porcelain crowns look, feel, and work just like a real, healthy tooth. If you have cracks, your tooth is misshaped, or there is discoloration, this is the perfect way to conceal these flaws.

Reliable Protection

Crowns are the first solution any dentist will try when a tooth is damaged or decayed. By completely covering the problem tooth with a crown, the dentist can prevent further harm or damage to it. This is a far more cost-effective solution than an extraction, and it looks far better, too. In fact, placing a barrier around damaged teeth protects you from costly, far more painful procedures in the future. They are also used in root canal treatments to avoid infection and prevent any potential breaks.

Comfort

Rather than have damaged teeth removed and replaced by dentures, get dental crowns whenever it is possible. Dental implants require a surgeon, and they take weeks to heal. Dentures often shift on the gums and cause irritation and sores, making you often make multiple trips to the dentist to have your dentures re-sized. To avoid costly surgery or annoying irritation of the gums, a dentist will always recommend crowns first. Because crowns sit still in the mouth and do not sit directly on the gums like dentures, they provide significantly more comfort. They also require little to no maintenance outside of basic good dental hygiene.

Long-lasting

Although their life does depend somewhat on how well you take care of them, dental crowns can last up to 15 years before replacement becomes necessary. Their longevity means that you can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about a sudden break or issue. Crowns made of porcelain are also stain resistant, meaning they will remain pearly white in your mouth for years, just adding more to their appeal.

Confidence

Discoloured, misshapen, or chipped teeth might make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Whether your teeth need crowns due to decay, trauma, or gum disease, returning their appearance can help you enjoy life with a grin and no shame. Once your teeth are protected, you will look and feel great, and your confidence will soar, no longer making you cover your smile or hide it. This is especially important because your smile is one of the first things a stranger notices. Whether you need to fix a cavity or just want to brighten your smile, dental crowns are the best, most cost-effective option out of them all.

Covid-19 and your care

We have now received clear guidance as to what dental procedures we can safely carry out and at what stages during the pandemic.

Below is a summary of the guidance as we understand it, although this may modify over the next few days as some small inconsistencies are clarified.

The government has set five different risk levels for the pandemic 1-5 (low to high), although this changes on a daily basis.

The treatments that we can carry out safely in dental practice will change with the risk level.

Treatments are significantly limited at level 4.

During the next few weeks, we will attempt to contact each patient that has contacted us with a significant dental problem during lockdown, and we hope to book an assessment appointment for those patients in the week commencing 8th June.

Practice doors will be locked at level 3, 4 and 5. Entry to the practice will be limited to pre-booked appointments.

There will be very clear criteria provided in due course as what is required before arriving at the practice, and what the procedure will be upon arrival. We will endeavour to ensure that each person knows exactly what to expect at their visit as this will be quite different to what you have been used to.

The appointment diary will be structured to take into consideration those patients who are shielding, may have underlying medical issues and so on.

The first week is expected to be a slow start as we ensure that the new protocols are working effectively for everyone’s safety. These protocols will be audited and modified until required.

At level 4 we should be able to carry out the following:

Dental assessment (initially restricted to patients who have current urgent need, or did and contacted us during lockdown).

X rays but only for patients who tolerate them well.

TEMPORARY re cementation of crowns. (We cannot dry the tooth effectively enough to cement a crown permanently with the restrictions we face).

Fabrication or repair of removable dentures.

Simple dental extractions. If a tooth breaks, it is probable we will have to leave the roots in place until we are at a lower level of risk. Naturally, we will assess the risk very carefully prior to treatment.

Tightening of loose dental implants if possible, without using a high-speed handpiece (drill).

Temporary fillings.

Draining of a swelling/abscess.

Provision of antibiotics.

Trimming of sharp orthodontic wires (not reliable re cementation of loose brackets, or replacement of missing brackets).

Treatment is only to be offered after careful assessment.

Cosmetic orthodontics

Cheshire Dental Centre provide many of these treatments. We may now be able to progress some of our Quick Straight Teeth cases. We will be in touch with each patient shortly, but please allow us to contact you; we hope that it is understandable that we will be prioritising patients with urgent dental need.

The PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for the above are not too onerous, and we will not look too different to normal. As you are aware, the cross-infection control at Cheshire Dental Centre has always been exemplary and one of our top priorities.

Although we have been organised with the new PPE guidelines well in advance there may be the occasional time where we are awaiting stock. All practices are attempting to source the necessary PPE we need to keep you and us safe, but supplies are scarce and consequently very expensive.