Restoring and protecting teeth
Corona Virus – Dental Update
Issue Date: 15/6/2020
Life Dental & Wellbeing is now open.
We are not running at full capacity yet as we are phasing our return to the new normal so please be patient if you are struggling to get through to us or waiting to hear back from you about an appointment. As expected, the way we operate will be a bit different but please do be reassured that we will continue to look after you and your oral health in a safe clinical environment.
If you have a dental appointment in the coming weeks we will be contacting you the day before to talk through the appointment procedure and ensure that you are happy to attend.
If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during normal working hours and we will endeavour to help you, however please be aware that there are some restrictions on the treatments we can undertake during the current Alert Status. Outside normal working hours and at weekends or on Bank Holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you through the Out of Hours service.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Ben Pearson and the team
What does it involve?Reshaping of the tooth then moulds taken to allow the construction of a porcelain or gold crown that sits over the tooth to protect it.
How many appointments?Two appointments usually a fortnight apart.
How much does it cost?Dependant on the materials used £599-£754
What is a dental crown?
Where a tooth has become heavily broken down as a result of decay, fracture or trauma placing a dental crown is often the preferred method of restoring the tooth.
A crown or ‘cap’ as it is sometimes referred to is a restoration that is used to cover the remaining structure of a tooth. In most instances, the crown is made from porcelain to mimic the tooth, encasing what remains of it, and additionally, helps protect the tooth from further fracturing. This is especially necessary when dealing with root-filled teeth which are much more prone to fracture.
On back teeth where the teeth are exposed to much greater loading and the protective properties of the crown are the main reason for placing them, the crown can be made of a gold alloy or a new improved super hard porcelain. The latter is a much stronger option making them the longest lasting restorations that a dentist can place.
What is the procedure for having a crown fitted?
The procedure for making a dental crown involves initially reshaping the tooth to a dome shape, then taking a mould of the tooth and the opposing teeth using a very accurate putty material. The moulds are then sent to our dental laboratory nearby and are used to make plaster models. This is undertaken by our expert dental technician, Mr Anthony Spencer, who uses the models to precisely construct a new porcelain crown with all the nuance and beauty of a real tooth. To achieve the best possible cosmetic appearance we often ask that you visit him yourself in order to shade match the crown with your own teeth.
Because of the time and workmanship that goes into making a crown by our Exeter dentist, Ben Pearson, there is normally a gap of a fortnight between the mould taking and the cementing of the new crown, during which time a temporary crown will be provided.
Where there are a number of broken or heavily filled adjacent teeth, we will sometimes recommend that multiple crowns are made. The advantage of this is that by making all the new crowns at the same time they can be made to match and complement each other both in colour and shape so giving you a more natural smile.