Dental Crowns

Some teeth are so badly broken down and fragile. To prevent the tooth from breaking further we may recommend a crown. A crown will help preserve what remains of the tooth as it offers a much stronger, permanent solution than a filling.

A crown can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth or to hold a bridge or denture in place.

A crown, sometimes called a cap is similar to a protective cover that fits over a broken or decayed tooth.

Your options for repairing a tooth in this way will be discussed with you.

A crown will usually require two appointments. Initially, the tooth is prepared for the crown, a digital scan is taken and then the tooth is covered with a provisional restoration.  The next visit will be to fix the permanent crown in place.

Why do I need a crown?

Crowns are a good option for repairing broken teeth. A crown is also an option if you’ve had root canal treatment and the remaining tooth requires protection. Sometimes a crown is needed to hold a bridge or a denture in place.

How long is the treatment and does it hurt?

At least two visits over 1- 2 weeks. During your first visit we prepare the tooth, take digital scans and match the shade of the tooth and fit a temporary crown. The permanent crown will be fitted during your second visit.

A local anesthetic will be given to you so it shouldn’t hurt. If the tooth to be crowned doesn’t have a nerve then a local anesthetic is not needed.

Will the crown look and feel different?

The crown will match your other teeth as closely as possible in color. Although, the shape will be slightly different from the shape of your tooth before it was crowned within a few days you will not notice the difference. If your bite feels uncomfortable then we can check it and adjust it.

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