If a tooth has been broken or weakened by tooth decay, your dentist may advise fitting a crown to protect the remaining part of the tooth and give a natural appearance. A crown is a cap, or artificial restoration, that strengthens the tooth and is closely matched to your other teeth so that other people will not realise that you are wearing it.
Having a crown fitted will usually take two visits to your dentist. At the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and prepare the tooth that is to have the crown fitted. You will have a temporary crown fitted and the shade of the rest of your teeth will be recorded so that your crown can be matched to this. About two weeks later, in the second appointment, you will have your crown fitted.
A crown is fitted using a strong dental cement or adhesive that will hold it firmly in place, and this will be done once you and your dentist agree that the fit and the look of your new crown is just right. A local anaesthetic will be given prior to the procedure, so you should not feel any pain, and you will quickly adjust to the feel of the new crown in your mouth. If your crown does not feel comfortable within a couple of days, you should speak to your dentist to check whether a minor adjustment is required.
Once fitted, you should care for your crown just as you do for your own teeth. Twice daily brushing is essential in order to protect the area around the crown from decay, and flossing every day will help to prevent any problems from developing. If you care for your crown properly, it should last for many years.
At Shandon Dental, we know that our clients are often worried about procedures such as having crowns fitted, and we always take the time to prepare you properly. Our friendly team is experienced in helping those who are fearful about dental visits to feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointments, and we will be happy to talk you through the process beforehand and help you to manage your anxiety during the procedure as well.
The cost of having a dental crown fitted at Shandon Dental ranges from €600-800 depending upon the type of crown that is required. Dental crowns may be made from different materials, including porcelain, ceramic and gold-alloy. The type of crown that your dentist suggests for you will depend on the level of damage to the existing tooth and the extent of the repair required.
Talk to us today if you have concerns about your dental health, or make an appointment and come and meet our friendly team. Whether you require a dental crown, a general check up or a more extensive procedure, we are on hand to help you with all of your dental healthcare needs.
Whatever you need from your dentist, crowns, bridges any cosmetic dentistry or anything dental related, our team at Shandon Dental Clinic is on hand to ensure that you get the very best advice and treatments. For general dentistry, including regular check ups and routine care of your teeth and gums, you can pop into our Cork City centre practice and meet our team or call us to make an appointment.