A dental crown (also referred to as a cap) is a common type of tooth restoration cemented onto a tooth.
The main purpose of a crown is to cover, protect and restore a damaged tooth, but it also strengthens it, improving its overall appearance and alignment in the mouth. We may recommend a crown if:
Crowns can be made from different materials including porcelain, ceramic (EMAX®), precious metals and non-precious metals.
The procedure involves two key stages whereby the tooth is first prepared by the removal of decay and then cleaned and shaped, after which a mould is created and used as a template for the new crown, which is then fitted and fixed into place to appear just like your natural teeth.
Your dentist will begin by filing down and removing part of the outer layer from the tooth that requires a crown. An impression will then be made of the trimmed tooth and its surrounding teeth. This impression will then be sent away to a lab that will create your dental crown. A temporary crown will be fitted whilst this process is being completed. Once your dental crown has been made you will then book another appointment with your dentist where they will fit your crown. The crown will be cemented to the filed down tooth.
A dental crown procedure will require three appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation in which your dentist will assess your teeth and decide if a dental crown is the best course of treatment. The next appointment will be where your tooth is filled down and the impressions are taken for your crown to be made. The final appointment will be the fitting of your dental crown. Here at Manor House Dental, our dentists are highly trained in all aspects of dental crowns and smile makeovers.
Inlays, onlays, and 3/4 crowns are crowns that don’t cover as much of the underlying tooth as traditional crowns. Traditional crowns cover the entire tooth. These may be appropriate when solid tooth structure remains. It is considered a more conservative approach to a full coverage crown. Contact us about E-max onlays or inlays as alternative long-lasting restorations.
The amount of time your dental crown will last for will depend on your oral hygiene practices, lifestyle and dietary choices. On average, a dental crown can last from 10 – 15 years. If you think you require a dental crown, contact us today to book your appointment.
Here at Manor House Dental, dental crowns start from £480. We provide finance options to help you fund the cost of your treatment. The cost of your treatment will be discussed with you during your appointment.
Will a Crown be Noticeable?
No, your crown will not be noticeable. Every attempt will be made by your dentist and the lab creating the crown. Photographs will be taken of your natural teeth to ensure we create the best possible match.
How Long Will the Treatment Take?
A dental crown procedure will require at least two appointments with your dentist.
Does it Hurt to Have a Dental Crown Fitted?
No, a local is used when the tooth is prepared. The procedure shouldn’t feel too different from a dental filling.
Is There an Alternative to a Dental Crown?
In some cases, a Venner may also be a successful treatment option. However, this will be dependent on the issue you are trying to fix.