A dental crown fits over the remaining part of a tooth, helping to strengthen it and making it look like a whole, natural tooth once more. Modern crowns are much less bulky than older ones, making them feel more natural, and they also do not have the old-fashioned metal edge at the gumline.
There are a number of reasons why we may recommend them. Your tooth may be very decayed and not strong enough to be filled any more, the top part of the tooth may have been accidentally damaged, or you may need one following root canal treatment. Crowns are also sometimes needed to help support a dental bridge.
We will need to prepare your tooth first, and will usually numb the tooth and the surrounding area with local anaesthetic. The next stage is to take an impression, or mould, of the area around your tooth. This will be used by a skilled dental technician, who will craft your crown so that it is a perfect fit. The technician will also ensure the colour of the crown matches your own teeth, so that it is virtually indistinguishable from them.
For the couple of weeks while the crown is being made, you will be fitted with a temporary one.
Once your new crown is ready, we will fit it and bond it in place with a special dental cement.
Please get in touch if you would like find out more or call us on 01494 444076.
This page was last updated on 18 of September 2014