A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. Crowns are ideal restorations for teeth that have been broken or weakened by trauma or decay and the remaining tooth structure is not capable of supporting a regular filling. On occasion crowns are placed on teeth that are already heavily restored or root canal treated to prevent fracture in the future. They can be made of porcelain or metal or a combination of these materials.
The process of placing a crown requires at least two appointments. At the first appointment the tooth is prepared, moulds/records taken and the tooth will be protected with a temporary restoration. The moulds and records are sent to a dental lab and the finished restoration is returned to the dentist after approximately two weeks. At the fitting appointment the temporary is removed and the new restoration is checked before it is fitted.
After the final restoration is fitted it is extremely important to maintain good hygiene and attend for regular check-ups/hygiene visits to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Inlays and onlays are two types of restorations that your dentist can suggest as an alternative to a full coverage crown if the tooth is deemed suitable for either restoration. Both these options require less tooth preparation than a conventional crown, however still require the same number of appointments and stages as a conventional crown. An inlay is a small filling that fits into the biting surface of a tooth while an onlay covers a larger area of the tooth and is better suited to bigger cavities.
Before the treatment is undertaken we will assess the tooth and take x-rays as required.
Dental Practices across the UK were allowed to open their doors to patients on the 8th June and we are pleased to announce The Bretton Dental Practice is open to offer a limited range of dental treatments.
The treatments available depend on the official advice of the Government and Chief Dental Officer for England.
Prioritising patients in need
The Bretton Dental practice is open to see patients, however, due to strict social distancing protocols and limitations of PPE, we are only able to see emergency patients who have been phone triaged by our team. People in the greatest need of seeing a dentist will be seen first and we will prioritise all emergency appointments before any routine appointments are made
Please do not visit the practice without a pre-arranged appointment, as you will not be seen. In the interest of safety to our staff and other patients, only patients that have been triaged on the telephone will be offered an appointment to attend the practice.
If you have a routine appointment scheduled at the practice in the future please call us on 01733 262623 prior to attending as this may have to be rescheduled in line with government guidance.
Speak to us if you need support
Please continue to call us for advice about any dental issues. Our teams are always available to offer you support by phone and will advise when you may be able to be seen if you are in pain.
Protective measures in practice
Our first priority is always the wellbeing of our patients and colleagues. We have made some changes in our practices to ensure your safety. Our reception team will explain these to you when the appointment is made.