Dental crowns have been in use for a long time for a reason, they are still one of the most effective ways of restoring function to a tooth and protecting it from future problems. If you have cracked or broken a tooth visit your West London dentist for a dental crown.
Crowns can be placed at the dentist’s office though you may have to make a couple of visits. On the first visit the dentist will need to take impressions of your teeth. From these impressions they are able to produce a crown that fits a specific tooth. Production of the crown can take between a few days and a week. The actual fitting is very straightforward and you will be able to do it in a single session. The only other appointment you may need is if your dentist requests follow up to see how the crown is doing after a few weeks or months. Once the crown is in, it should last for up to 15 years.
Crowns are still most commonly made of gold because of the softness and durability of the metal. Newer materials are beginning to be used, such resin composites. These are available in a number of different shades of white, so your dentist can match it very closely to your natural tooth colour. Eventually it is likely that all crowns will be produced with these new materials but at this stage they cannot match the durability of gold.