A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement.

Crowns are used for several reasons:

  • as a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth
  • as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
  • to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration

Frequently Asked Questions

A dental crown is used to protect, cover, and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings do not solve the problem. They can be used as a protective cover for severely decayed teeth or as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings. Crowns are also a great solution to correct minor problems in your natural teeth like severe discolouration, irregular shape and spacing.
The most common materials used are metal, plastic or ceramic. Metal crowns are typically known to last the longest but on the other hand a lot of patients favour ceramic/porcelain crowns as they able to match the colour of the crown to their natural tooth and will blend in more seamlessly.
Your first appointment will be a consultation; your dentist will assess your teeth and decide whether a crown would suit your dental needs, and answer any concerns you may have. At your second appointment, your teeth/tooth will be prepared. Your dentist will trim down your natural tooth to create space for the crown to fit on top. After, a mould will be taken and sent to a laboratory where technicians will make your crown. A temporary plastic crown will be placed on your trimmed tooth until your permanent crown is ready to be fitted. At your third and final appointment, your temporary crown is removed, your natural tooth is cleaned, and your permanent crown is put in place for you to try it on to ensure you have the perfect fit. Once you and your dentist are happy with the fit, the crown is then cemented onto your natural tooth with dental cement.
Before the process of making a crown begins, your tooth needs to be prepared appropriately to ensure that the crown fits perfectly on top. Your dentist will use local anaesthesia to numb the area around your tooth. They will then start to reshape your tooth by filing the top and sides of it, leaving plenty of room for the crown to fit over the top.

It is essential that your teeth are correctly prepared for your crown; if your tooth isn’t filed down to the correct shape, this could affect how the crown fits on top, which could leave your bite misaligned. A bite that is out of alignment could lead to further issues, including pain and stress in the joints around your jaw.

Crowns are made of solid materials that tend not to deteriorate over time and can last up to 15 years before they need to be replaced. However, your natural tooth underneath can still be prone to decay and gum disease, so it is vital that a good oral hygiene routine is put in place. Avoiding hard substances like ice will prevent your crown from chipping away.
Regular check-ups are essential so that your dentist can detect any problems with your crown and recommend suitable treatment.

Patient Testimonials

See what our patients say about their experience here with us at East End Lodge.

Beverley – Crown Patient

“I’ve had an implant done and I’ve had a crown on my front teeth. Before I had the treatment done, at times it could be a little bit nerve wracking, because where it was a front tooth, I was always worried that it was going to come out. So I’m a little bit more relaxed now and I smile a bit more.

The treatment from start to finish was very smooth. Even though it happened during the lockdown period, the dentist still kept in touch with me and made sure as soon as we were able to do to face-to-face, she could complete the course treatment, so that was good.

My first impressions on returning to the practice was how clean it was, how friendly and helpful the staff was and how funny the dentist is, because she’s got a good sense of humour.

When I first saw the results I was really surprised, because the teeth, both of them, they look really natural and yes, they’re just really good.”

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