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27 November 2017

Manchester Crown Clinic – A Royal Repair for your Smile


Having dental crowns fitted is a common cosmetic procedure that we carry out here at our Cheadle Hulme crown clinic in Manchester. Best described as a tooth-shaped cap, crowns are mostly used to protect weak teeth that have had root canal treatment, some kind of trauma or extensive decay. But they’re also commonly used to improve smile appearance or to replace a tooth after having dental implants. Manchester crown clinic patients will find that we only use the best quality materials and the latest technology to create the most lifelike and natural looking crowns that are fit for royalty! But exactly what type of materials are used? Let’s take a look…

A brief history of dental crowns and the materials used

Did you know, while many think of dental crowns as a relatively recent procedure, the truth is that crowns are actually believed to date back to 700 B.C? It’s true! The ancient Etruscans are thought to be the first civilisation to place dental crowns and back then they were made from ivory, bone, gold or even actual human teeth…

In fact, these materials continued to be used until the 19th century when dentistry quickly began to advance. Porcelain dentures were soon invented and this lead to Charles H. Land patenting what we now know as the porcelain ‘jacket’ crown. While these crowns were extremely effective, there was still room for improvement. In the 1950’s porcelain fused to metal crowns were created which were super strong yet still very natural looking.

So what about dental crowns in our present today?

Okay, so now we know how far crowns have come, let’s fast forward and take a look at the types of materials we use at our Manchester crown clinic today.

There are three main types of dental crowns that are used in modern dentistry. These include:

• Ceramic crowns – as you may have guessed, these are made from pure ceramic and are quite simply the most natural looking crown restoration to date. In the hands of the right dentist, they’ll blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, all the while still providing the needed strength and support. Here at our crown clinic, Manchester patients will be happy to know that this is our preferred material, particularly when the crown will be on display when you smile!

• Porcelain-fused to metal (PFM) crowns – these crowns are a hybrid of porcelain and metal crowns. They consist of a metal structure that’s layered with porcelain for a natural finish and appearance. That being said, the metal stops the transmission of light through the crown and tooth – which means they can sometimes look opaque and dull. In fact, the underlying metal can become visible at the gum line over time. This is often down to aging and gum recession. On the upside, the metal support means that PFM crowns are super-strong and durable.

• All-metal crowns – this type of dental crown is made out of metals or alloys, including gold, nickel, palladium or chromium. In days gone by crowns such as these were the top choice for teeth that carried heavy biting or chewing forces (such as back molars). Now though, advanced technology in the dental department means that ceramic crowns can often be used instead. At risk of stating the obvious, the biggest disadvantage to these crowns is the colour, especially for teeth that are on display – that is of course unless you happen to prefer the gold tooth look – Think DJ and all-round celeb Goldie!

Getting crowned – what’s involved?

Once we’ve decided that a crown is the best course of treatment for you, treatment is usually completed over two visits. That being said, the process can take a little longer if you’re having dental implants. Manchester patients visiting our clinic can expect the following:

Your first appointment – we’ll need to prepare your tooth for the placement of the crown but don’t worry, it won’t hurt! We’ll make sure you’re nice and numb with local anaesthetic first. Once the tooth is shaped and prepared, we’re ready to take some impressions of your mouth – this is to send off to our dental lab so that they can custom create the best fitting crown for you. We’ll also check the shade of your existing teeth so your new crown will match perfectly! Even if you’re having dental implants, Manchester patients will be usually be fitted with a temporary restoration in the meantime – so you’re never left toothless!

HINT – If you’re unhappy with the shade of your teeth, it’s a good idea to undergo tooth whitening before starting the process of crown work. This is simply because if you decide to whiten your teeth at a later date, it won’t change the colour of your porcelain crown and you might find you need to replace it so it matches the rest!

Your second appointment – now this is the easy part. After 1-2 weeks, your new crown will finally be ready to fit. At this visit, we’ll place your crown into position and check the fit, bite, and shade. If all is satisfactory and as long as you’re happy, we’ll go ahead and cement it securely into place.

So there we have it! Hopefully, we’ve covered everything you need to know, but if not, pop down to our Manchester crown clinic to find out more. Remember, our highly skilled team here at Church Road Dental have a great deal of experience when it comes to creating the most natural looking crowns – but don’t just take our word for it, click here to see the proof!

Why not call us today on 01614 860 743 to book your free no-obligation consultation at our Crown Clinic? Manchester-based practice Church Road Dental and Cosmetic look forward to meeting you and exceeding your expectations!

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