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Crowns

Your teeth are incredibly strong and robust, but sometimes, despite your best efforts to protect them, they succumb to wear and tear. Crowns are a type of restorative treatment, which are used to strengthen and protect teeth that have been damaged through trauma, injury or decay.

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What exactly is a crown?

A crown is a restorative cap, which is placed over the top of the natural tooth. There are several reasons why you may need a crown, including:

  • Repairing and strengthening decayed, fractured and damaged teeth
  • Restoring teeth with large fillings
  • Enhancing the aesthetic of the smile when the teeth are misshapen, discoloured or uneven
  • Rebuilding the tooth following root canal treatment

It is possible to create crowns using several different materials. Often, a combination of ceramics and metals is used to create aesthetically-pleasing, durable crowns.

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What does treatment involve?

Crowning a tooth usually involves a consultation followed by two treatment sessions.
During the first appointment, your consultation, our dentist will discuss the process with you, carry out some X-rays to determine the extent of damage to the tooth and go through some treatment options with you, for example, different types of materials.
At the second appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth ready for its new crown. This involves numbing the tooth using local anaesthetic and then trimming and shaping the tooth by removing decayed tissue. The next step is to create an impression of your tooth, which will be used to form your custom-made crown. This mould will be sent away to a dental laboratory and your crown will be fabricated by highly-skilled, experienced dental technicians. While you wait for your new crown, our dentist will fit a temporary crown.
The final stage of treatment involves placing the crown. The temporary crown will be removed, and your new crown will be positioned once the tooth has been cleaned thoroughly. Once our dentist is happy with the placement of your crown, they will cement it into position, securing it firmly.

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Caring for your crown

If you have a crown, you should look after it in the same way as your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and keep up to date with routine dental checks. When you have your check-up, the dentist will take a good look at any fillings and crowns you have.

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FAQs

If you’ve damaged your tooth playing sport, you’ve been involved in an accident or your tooth is severely decayed, a crown can be used to bolster the tooth and make it stronger. Crowns can also help to prevent further damage and improve the look of the tooth.

Many people choose to have ceramic crowns, which are designed to blend in with the natural tooth structure perfectly.

If you look after your crown well, it should last up to 10-15 years.

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