Italdent Crowns & Bridge Dentistry in Basingstoke
Fixing any chipped or broken tooth is a simple and straightforward task
Even if your teeth have been weakened by decay or have a very large filling, a crown can make your tooth as good as new. Once the remaining part of the tooth is prepared a crown fits over it, making the new tooth strong again and giving it the shape of your normal teeth. It will also be coloured to fit in with your existing teeth, giving the restoration a more natural appearance.
Read more about crowns below
At Italdent we use handmade ceramic & porcelain crowns to completely cover the visible part of your tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of your natural tooth. Your porcelain crown will be tailor-made to match the colour of your other teeth, giving it a natural appearance that blends in with the rest of your mouth.
Teeth veneers are becoming more popular as the treatment has both fantastic results and a simple procedure. Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of porcelain that cover the front of your teeth. They are ideal for concealing stained, chipped or crooked teeth, or for reducing or closing the gaps between your teeth and a beautiful smile.
Veneers look fantastic and feel like your natural teeth and do not require a major procedure to bond them onto your existing teeth. You can have a single veneer or a whole set upper and/or lower jaw, depending on your individual needs.
For a single porcelain veneer covering a stained or chipped tooth, we can match your new veneer with the precise shade of your other teeth so that it blends in completely. For teeth slightly out of position a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it in line with the others.
Frequently asked questions about Crowns & Bridges
What is a crown?
A crown replaces part or all of the natural crown, or visible part, of your tooth, sometimes referred to as a replacement crown or a cap and is used in the following circumstances:
- When most, or a large part of the original crown of a tooth has been destroyed
- When a healthy tooth forms part of a bridge, or when it is used for cosmetic purposes
- A natural crown that has become discoloured or unsightly. The new crown can be made to match the surrounding teeth in colour, shape and proportion
A replacement crown is prepared by the dentist and made by a dental technician.
What does the treatment consist of?
- The tooth will initially be prepared by paring it down and removing any decay.
- An impression of the prepared tooth is made using an elastic material.
- A temporary acrylic crown is then fitted over the prepared tooth, while the replacement crown is being made.
- The impression of the crown is sent off to a dental technician for the replacement crown to made.
- Once received, the new crown is cemented or bonded onto the prepared tooth.
What are replacement crowns made of?
Replacement crowns may be made of porcelain, gold or a combination of metals. Sometimes a porcelain crown can be fused to a metal base when the crown needs added strength, and a good appearance is required. This is called a porcelain bonded crown. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic.
Will the pared down tooth be sensitive until I receive my crown?
No. We make and install a temporary acrylic crown to protect the pared down tooth. It will look good and be comfortable to eat with.
Is it uncomfortable or painful to have a crown made?
No. The procedure is not painful because a local anaesthetic is used before the preparation of the tooth and the taking of the impression. Pain relief is seldom necessary after the treatment, although sensitivity to hot and cold sometimes occurs after the crown has first been cemented, but this is normally temporary.
Will replacement crowns make me look good?
- Replacement crowns can restore and enhance the appearance of teeth and the smile.
- They are often used in cosmetic dentistry as part of the treatment. Replacement crowns can be made to look natural and to match the surrounding teeth.
How well will I be able to eat with a replacement crown?
Eating with a replacement crown should be the same as with a natural tooth.
How successful are replacement crowns?
- Replacement crowns are very successful for restoring teeth.
- They are functional: chewing is comfortable and the same as with natural teeth.
- They are aesthetic, so they look natural and match the size, colour and shape of the other teeth.
- They are durable: they are known to last for over 10 years.
What role does the dental technician play?
- The dental technician plays an important part in the making of a crown. It takes skill and experience to fabricate a crown from the impression that the dentist provides. The crown must be very precise in its colour and dimensions.
- The impression that is received from the dentist is used to make a plaster or stone cast of the prepared tooth or teeth. The cast is a copy of the tooth or teeth.
- It allows the technician to make a crown over the exact copy of a prepared tooth.
- The technician will use the same shade/colour guide as the dentist, to ensure that the replacement crown will match the colour of the adjacent teeth.