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A protective cover for damaged teeth

If unsightly teeth are spoiling your smile, crowns can offer a neat, natural-coloured cover up. They fit completely over a whole tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration or large fillings. Made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic, crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge or affixed to a dental implant.

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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 crown is the way forward. In some cases, your dentist may use a crown to restore a tooth following a root canal treatment for an aesthetic and reliable finish.

What is involved in the treatment?

We first ensure the internal structure of the affected tooth is intact, with no signs of infection present. We then numb the area using local anaesthetic and remove a thin layer of tooth structure so the crown will fit neatly.

We take impressions of your prepared tooth and record the colour so your crown can be made to fit perfectly and blend seamlessly into your smile. We fit a temporary crown to protect your tooth while your crown is being custom made.

When your crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the new permanent one 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 a 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.

  • You are able to 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 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 in order to accommodate the crown on top, so you will always need a crown on your tooth.

  • Crowns are a great solution for teeth that have more extensive damage and, if cared for well, they 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.

  • We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area before preparing your tooth for a crown, and when 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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