When might you need a partial crown?

With a partial crown, timing is everything. You may have had a tooth filling before; but this time – you may need a more substantial tooth restoration. One which is a bespoke designed and meticulously crafted artificial replacement, created just for you, to save teeth – here at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic.

Your dentist, here in our London dental clinic, uses their expert clinical judgement to know the exact moment when it is just the right time and dental situation to recommend a partial crown for you to both receive and embrace.

The need for a patient to receive a partial crown to restore their oral health, mouth comfort and personal confidence – depends on the complexity and/or severity of risk factors such as:

  • extensive tooth decay resulting in substantial dental cavities
  • the trauma and injuries resulting from an accident – and so presenting to us as a dental emergency

If either of these oral health situations ever occur for you; then a partial crown can very effectively reinstate an intact and stable biting surface – enabling you to eat and drink again with ease and so promptly begin your recovery.

Our approach

From the start – our clinical priority is to save teeth if they are still viable. A partial crown, if recommended, could also help you preserve the lifespan of your affected natural tooth for longer. A partial crown –  really is partial – so the natural part of the tooth will still be largely visible and so still very much a part of your beautiful smile – albeit now in virtually indistinguishable aesthetic and functional partnership with your new dental restoration.

Did you know that a partial crown restores larger cavities and it covers at least one tooth cusp?

With this knowledge in mind – when it is still possible for your dentist to remove just the part of the tooth (the enamel and dentin) too decayed or damaged to save; practising the principle of minimally invasive dentistry – trust in our professional expertise that it might just be the right time to receive the partial crown you really do need.

In your day-to-day life, your own natural teeth may offer you the best visual cue to indicate when you may need a partial crown –  which could be when you naturally, and regularly, look in the mirror as you brush your teeth. You may have noticed chips or cracks appearing or worsening within the affected tooth as you conduct your optimal oral hygiene practice at home. During your twice daily practice, you may notice that – over time – the desired optimal colour of your teeth may have deteriorated; so why not consult your dentist to discover if a partial crown could remedy any concerns regarding tooth discolouration?

In addition, if you are anxious at all about how to manage the experience of a fractured tooth – rest assured that it is both possible and indeed probably time for a partial crown to restore it to its original aesthetic and functional strength.

Reducing the risk of root canal retreatment with a perfectly timed partial crown

If you attend for a root canal treatment with us, and, at the point after you may have had a filling; your dentist may recommend a partial crown as part of your carefully devised bespoke dental care plan. The fitting of a partial crown, after root canal treatment, is designed to help strengthen the affected tooth. With regular care – post-treatment – a perfectly fabricated and secured partial crown could just help defend your smile against the possible risk of re-infection, which could require root canal retreatment, at the most clinically appropriate point in the future.

As a patient, deciding when you might need a partial crown can actually present itself as the moment when you decide that you are ready to proceed. Our team, gathered at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, are our real asset – guiding you every step of the way through your patient journey with us if this is the case. We can guide you every step of the way when it’s time to consider your next necessary dental care treatment. We can answer any questions as they arise for you, take the time to explain your treatment plan in more detail and, simply provide reassurance, if needed, to nervous patients.

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