Why would I need a crown?
You may need a crown when a tooth is badly damaged or decayed. A crown is a cap that covers the entire visible part of your tooth. It’s made from porcelain or metal and helps protect your tooth from further damage.
Crowns are popular for many reasons:
- They can help prevent decay and damage to your teeth.
- Prevent root canal procedures from becoming necessary by strengthening the tooth and preventing further decay.
- Beautify misshapen teeth, improve a discoloured smile, and close spaces between teeth that have been previously filled.
- Replace worn-out partial dentures with a permanent solution.
- They can cover gaps between teeth where there isn’t enough tooth left to fill them in with a filling.
- They can be used to make your smile look more beautiful and straighten out crooked teeth.
Dental Crowns usually start from £400, depending on the material used in construction. But an individual estimate will be provided at an initial appointment.
Porcelain crowns are more expensive than other types because they look more like natural teeth.
What's the Procedure?
The process of installing a dental crown involves several steps. The treatment requires preparation of the tooth, an impression, and finally, cementation of the crown.
- Preparation of the tooth:
First, our dentist will remove any decay or fillings from the tooth. Then, we will shape the tooth and attach a temporary crown.
Then, we will take an impression of your mouth and send it to our lab where your permanent crown will be made.
- Cementation of the crown:
When ready, the temporary crown will be removed and your permanent one will be fitted on your tooth. Your new crown will feel much more sturdy than your old filling!
Dental Crowns Benefits
- Functions like a real tooth to allow for normal biting and chewing
- Natural restoration that will improve your smile
- Reinforces remaining teeth
How long do dental crowns last?
While the lifespan of a dental crown depends on the treatment it receives, most people find that they last between 10 and 15 years. If you take good care of your crowns, they can last much longer than this.
Does a crowned tooth require any special care?
A crowned tooth requires the same care as any other tooth. It will be important to follow your dentist’s instructions, which may include brushing and flossing in a special way, using a specific type of toothpaste, or visiting our clinic more often than you would for untreated teeth.
Do Crowns Hurt?
Modern crowns are made from tooth coloured materials that are completely comfortable to wear. There is no need for any kind of anaesthesia and only slight discomfort might be present during the procedure.