Dental crowns replace the top, visible part of the tooth, which is why they are often used for smile makeovers. They are also used to restore teeth that are heavily decayed or damaged, giving the tooth many years of extra life.

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Crowns can be used purely to enhance your smile, but they are also commonly used to restore teeth. You may need a crown if your tooth is heavily decayed and is no longer strong enough to be filled or if the top part of your tooth has been accidentally damaged.

You may also need a crown after root canal treatment to strengthen the tooth and protect the root, or if you are having a bridge fitted and crowns are required to make the supporting teeth stronger.

The procedure

We need to prepare the tooth or teeth, so you will usually be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it.

We will need to take an impression, or mould, of the area around the tooth or teeth to be treated. This is used by a skilled dental technician, who will craft your crown so that it is a perfect fit.

We usually create a shaped inner core from your natural tooth, which holds the crown in place. Once the tooth preparation is complete, we will fit a temporary crown. Once your new crown is ready, we will bond them in place with a special dental cement.

The aftercare

Your crown may feel a little strange for a few days as they are unlikely to be exactly the same size and shape as your original tooth or teeth. However, you will soon become used to them, and soon it should be unnoticeable. If it does feel uncomfortable, please speak to us and we will check it for you.

Crowns can last for many years, but it is important that you care for them properly. As with your natural teeth, this means brushing twice a day and cleaning around the sides and under the gumline – we will advise you on the best way to do this.

It is also important to see the hygienist on a regular basis as recommended by your dentist.

Dental finance facilities

Finance facilities are available at the practice. We offer 0% interest free finance for treatments costing £350+. We will be happy to discuss the details with you.

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We hope we have answered all your questions about dental crowns, but if there is anything else you would like to know please get in touch – we’ll be happy to help.

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This page was last updated on the 12 Aug 2020

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