Dental crown

A neat and natural-looking cover for damaged teeth

Crowns offer a very aesthetic way to cover up unsightly teeth and protect them from further damage. They fit completely over a whole tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration, or large fillings.

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic. They are matched in size, shape, and colour to sit comfortably alongside your existing teeth.

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Why do I need a dental crown?

Crowns are commonly used to repair damage that has affected the structure and functionality of a tooth. As they replace the whole outside structure of the tooth, they are a full rebuild for teeth that need an overall restoration. For teeth that have had multiple fillings, extensive decay, and general damage, a natural-looking crown is the way forward.

In some cases, we may use a crown to restore a tooth following a root canal treatment for an aesthetic and reliable finish. Crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge or fixed to a dental implant for a highly aesthetic finish.

What is involved in the treatment?

We first ensure that the internal structure of the tooth is intact, making sure there are no signs of infection. We remove a layer of tooth structure, but make sure we leave a strong core. The amount of tooth removed depends on the thickness of the crown, which can differ depending on the material used to make it.

We take impressions of your teeth and record their colour so your crown can be made to fit perfectly. Between appointments, we protect the prepared tooth with a temporary crown.

When your crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent one is fixed in place with a strong dental cement.

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Frequently asked questions

The best way to care for your crown is to stay on top of your oral hygiene – this means keeping your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing between your teeth. You also need to see your dentist regularly for check-ups so they can keep an eye on your crown and the tooth underneath.

If your crown is looked after carefully, by avoiding very hard foods and thoroughly cleaning your teeth, it can provide a natural-looking restoration that can last for years. Most crowns last for up to 10-15 years before natural wear and tear will likely cause the need for removal and replacement. It is also important that you visit your dentist for regular check-ups so they can keep an eye on your crown and wider oral health.

You can choose the colour of your crown, based on your personal preferences. We may advise you of the shade which would best match your natural tooth colour, but it is ultimately up to you. If you are considering having a whitening treatment, you may prefer to have this treatment first, as whitening is not effective on crowns and your crown can then be made to match your new shade.

Tooth crowns are not permanent and will need replacing or repairing at some point. The treatment process is irreversible as some of your natural dental enamel is removed to accommodate the crown on top, so you will always need a crown on your tooth.

We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area before preparing your tooth for a crown and fitting the crown itself to make sure you won’t feel any pain. We take the time to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable before beginning any treatment. Many patients find that having a crown is no more uncomfortable than a filling.

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