A crown is a restoration which is fitted over the existing structure of a broken or damaged tooth to restore its function and appearance.
Why might I need a crown?
Crowns may be recommended for a variety of reasons - these are usually to protect the structure of teeth that have severe tooth surface loss, or have undergone root canal treatment. Some patients also decide to have a crown to improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth.
What types of crown do you offer?
We offer two different types of crown - all-porcelain crowns, and porcelain bonded to metal crowns. All-porcelain crowns are are more natural looking, so are usually recommended for front teeth. We do not offer unaesthetic metal crowns.
What is the process of having a crown made? How many appointments will I need?
You will need two appointments - the first being the preparation appointment, and the second being the fit appointment. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown by adjusting its shape, take an impression and fit a temporary crown. The impression, along with the dentist's prescription, will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the technicians will make the crown. At the second appointment, the dentist will check the fit of the crown and make sure that you are happy with the crown's aesthetics. The dentist will then permanently cement the crown. There is usually a wait of around 2 weeks between these appointments.
How long will a crown last?
A crown can last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained, depending on the condition of the original tooth. Regular check-ups and hygienist appointments are key to long lasting restorations.