The first thing many people notice about a person is their smile. For people with missing or damaged teeth, this natural expression can be an uncomfortable one. If you feel self-conscious or have been avoiding photos because of your teeth, a dental crown can restore your smile to its former glory and help you get your confidence back.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tiny caps that look exactly like teeth and fit over each tooth. In the past, dental crowns were made from gold, metals and ceramic materials. These are still used today but are mainly placed in the back of the mouth as they are stronger than porcelain crowns and will ensure a natural looking smile. For the front of your mouth, porcelain crowns are used as they can be made to match the colour of your existing teeth and therefore give you a more natural looking smile.

With each crown modelled using your mouth and matched perfectly to your existing teeth, it’s impossible to tell a porcelain crown from a real tooth. Only a qualified dentist can fit dental crowns to your teeth, and they can last for years before you’ll need to replace them. The process itself usually takes two or three sessions and is relatively pain-free.

Could dental crowns work for me?

Dental crowns are an excellent solution for a variety of oral and tooth problems. If your teeth are misshapen or discoloured, a crown is a perfect solution. It can also disguise dental fractures, implants and fillings. It can protect weak teeth and be used to attach a bridge. Depending on your smile, you’ll need anywhere from one to a handful of crowns to create the perfect smile.

Provided you take care of your crowns as you would your teeth, you can look forward to years of smiling ahead of you. However, it’s important to keep in mind that bite and alignment issues can’t be resolved with crowns, so you might need to treat these issues before you get your crowns fitted.

If you’re looking to replace damaged teeth or fix a crooked smile, Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic can help you choose the right procedure for you. We have a range of cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile. Contact us to book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today.