If you are researching dental treatments, you may have come across crowns in your search. Crowns are frequently used to cover and protect a damaged tooth, in lieu of extracting and replacing the tooth altogether.

Here at Springmill Family Dental, our dentists offer crown treatments to any patient with a damaged tooth or multiple damaged teeth. In today’s post, we will explain how exactly crowns are fitted, and some of the benefits of choosing this treatment.

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What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are like caps that are fitted over a prepared tooth – hence the name “crown”! They are offered to patients who have a tooth that is damaged, but does not necessarily need to be extracted. This is usually the next step after a filling or other treatment doesn’t quite solve the problem with your tooth.

A dental crown is usually made of porcelain, as this is a stain-resistant white colour that is hardy enough to withstand wear and tear. Crowns can last from five to fifteen years.

How are crowns fitted?

Crowns are fitted using a simple procedure that your dentist will explain carefully before they begin.

Firstly, the tooth in question will be drilled down using dental equipment, so that the crown can be placed over the top. Your dentist may administer a local anaesthetic to complete this step. 

Next, the crown will be adhered to your tooth using a specialist adherent that will last a long time and keep the crown solidly in place. 

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

There are many benefits to having a dental crown fitted, including: protecting a weakened tooth help prevent it from breaking, holding a cracked tooth together to help prevent further fracture, covering and supporting a damaged or decayed tooth, covering a severely discolored tooth, or restoring a broken or severely worn tooth.