Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain and metal. Ceramic and porcelain are popular due to their natural looking appearance, and are strong, durable and long lasting. These aesthetic materials can also be combined with metal for maximum strength.
We can use crowns for a number of reasons, including:
At your initial consultation, we examine your teeth and take x-rays to help us assess your suitability for crown treatment. We take the time to discuss the treatment process with you, giving you the chance to ask any questions you may have.
We prepare the affected tooth for the crown, removing some enamel to reduce the tooth size ready for the crown to be fitted. We take impressions of the prepared tooth so your crown can be custom made for a precise and accurate fit and appearance. We fit a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth while your crown is being created.
When your crown is ready, we remove your temporary restoration and try your new one on, checking the fit, appearance and harmony with your bite. We make sure you are happy before securing it into place using strong dental adhesive.Take free e-consult
If looked after correctly, crowns can last over 15 years before needing to be replaced. They have the best chance of lasting for the long term if treated with care, including regular check ups, a good oral hygiene routine and avoiding chewing very hard items which could cause chips or damage.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made from plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximise strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
Crowns are made from material that cannot decay but the tooth underneath is still vulnerable, prone to gum disease and needs to be looked after. Daily brushing and flossing, paying close attention to the area where your crown meets the tooth, are essential to maintain good oral health and keep your crown trouble free. It is also important that you attend regular check ups with your dentist so they can spot and solve any potential problems early.
No, you shouldn’t feel any pain during treatment. We use local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort while your tooth is being prepared for your crown and make sure you feel at ease throughout your treatment.
Porcelain and ceramic crowns are incredibly natural looking, able to be colour matched to your natural teeth to blend perfectly into your smile. If you are considering whitening treatment, you may wish to have this done before your crown, so it can be made to match your new shade.