Dental Crowns

Crowns (‘tooth crown’ or ‘dental crown’) are a tooth-shaped sleeved made from porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic. The crown is fitted over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and colour of a natural tooth, improving its appearance.

There are multiple reasons for why a dental crown may be needed. Some of these include:

  • To protect a weak tooth or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore a broken tooth of one that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshapen or discoloured teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

As per other cosmetic dentistry treatments, your tooth will need preparation, which should feel no different from a filling. Post-treatment, the crown will be slightly different from the shape of your natural tooth; therefore it will feel slightly different. However, within a few days, the crown should feel fine and unnoticeable. Nevertheless, should this not be the case, we can carry out adjustments to the crown.

How long your crown lasts depends on how well you look after it. If properly looked after, a crown can last for many years.

Of course, as per any other dental treatment, it is important that you keep the crown just as clean as you would with your natural teeth. Although the crown itself cannot decay, the decay can begin when the edge of the crown joins the tooth.

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Frequently asked questions:

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown, sometimes known as a ‘cap,’ is a protective cover, fitted over the existing structure of a broken or damaged tooth, to restore function and appearance. With no black line at gum level and made to match your natural teeth in their size, shape and colour, an all-ceramic crown provides a very natural looking restoration and smile.

Why has my dentist suggested a Dental Crown?

Crowns are indicated for teeth, which are too extensively decayed, damaged or discoloured for treatment by other means.

Why should I consider replacing missing teeth?

Your appearance is one of the main reasons; another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your bite is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.