What are crowns?
Crown are tooth-shaped caps which fit over your roots.
Why are crowns used?
Tooth with large fillings or have root fillings are weak and can break when you bite. They can have hidden cracks which make them tender to bite on, or sensitive to hot or cold to resolve the pain to biting and sensitivity. A crown will protect a heavily filled tooth and restore a tooth which has lost a large amount of tooth structure due to decay or breakage, hence is commonly needed after root canal therapy.
Crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your teeth.
What are crowns made of?
Usually porcelain, because the colour can be matched to your existing teeth. The porcelain tooth may have a gold or metal core for strength. If natural appearance isn’t crucial i.e. at the back of your mouth, a gold crown may be used. Ceramic crowns (metal free) are also available which provides high aesthetic with excellent strength.
Crowns provide strong, attractive, long-term protection for your teeth. Our gentle dentist works with highly trained locally based dental technicians to provide good quality long lasting crowns at affordable prices.
How are crowns fitted?
Our dentist reduces the size of the existing filling and tooth to allow room for the material for the new crown, then takes a mould which is sent to a dental technician. our dentist will fit a temporary crown to cover your tooth until the permanent crown has been made by our dental technician.
Once your permanent crown is ready, our dentist will check the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.
I have several heavily filled teeth. Should I get them all crowned at the same time?
It may be best if you do, but there are many factors to consider. our dentist will discuss the most appropriate order of your treatment plan.
Crowns provide strong, attractive, long term protection for your mouth
If you want to whiten your teeth, this should be done first prior to crowning
As the crown is made to match the colour of your teeth. If you whiten your teeth later, the crown will not change colour, and will appear darker compared to the rest of your teeth.