Crowns offer both a cosmetic solution to damaged or discoloured teeth and a practical option for strengthening bridges and root canals and protecting fillings.
Crown materials range from hard-wearing and precious metals (usually reserved for the rear chewing teeth) to porcelain, resin, glass or a composite of all of these. Your dentist will help you choose the right material for your needs.
No – the procedure is always carried out under a local anaesthetic. If you have any worries about this, speak to us beforehand about how we can help manage dental anxiety.
To prepare a tooth for a crown, your dentist will apply local anaesthetic, before filing the existing tooth into a shape that will accommodate the crown. Dental impressions are then taken and sent to a technician who will create the crown. A temporary crown can be fitted while the permanent one is being made.
Longevity is continually increasing thanks to ever more advanced technology – so if you follow a good oral hygiene routine, your crown could last up to 15 years or more.