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A crown restores the shape and function of a tooth and can provide a natural look that accurately matches the surrounding teeth.

When are crowns used?

A crown or cap is often used to repair a tooth when it has been severely damaged and weakened but is still strong enough to save. This can include a badly decayed tooth, a cracked tooth, a tooth that has broken off near the gum line or a root canal treated tooth. A crown may be also be used to improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth. Each crown is custom made to match your existing teeth and to fit in with your bite.

What type of materials are used to make crowns?

Crowns can be made from porcelain, metal or a combination of both. All-ceramic, metal-free crowns will often look the most natural and are often used for the front teeth. Zirconia is a type of ceramic that is incredibly strong.

A zirconia crown may be recommended if you have a strong bite or if it is a back tooth. Porcelain bonded crowns are made of a metal core that is veneered with an outer layer of tooth-coloured porcelain to make them look natural.

Zirconia and porcelain bonded crowns are an excellent option for patients who want a natural-looking solution to repair back teeth. Gold-alloy crowns are a great, hard-wearing solution to repair back teeth that are not visible when you smile.

All ceramic e-max crowns are a great solution when the crown has to look as natural as possible, particularly for the front teeth that are visible when you smile.

How is a crown prepared?

Two appointments are usually required to make a crown. At the first appointment, we numb the tooth to make sure you do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The tooth is then prepared and shaped to fit inside its new covering.

The thin outer layer of the tooth is removed to allow for the crown to fit on top and so that it fits in with surrounding teeth. An impression or mould of the teeth is then taken. This is sent to a specialist dental laboratory.

At the laboratory, highly skilled technicians will create a crown that looks natural and functions perfectly within your bite. This may take a few weeks, so we create a temporary crown to protect the tooth.

At your next appointment, we check the fit, appearance and bite of the permanent crown. When you are happy with how it looks and feels we cement or bond the permanent crown to your tooth.

What is a post crown?

If a tooth is very badly broken-down close to the gum line and if it has had a root canal filling, a post can be fitted into the prepared root canal. The post helps hold the crown in place and makes it more secure. Post crowns are used when a tooth is severely weakened and when it has been badly broken or decayed.

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