Digitally-created Dental Crowns, designed with precision, made to last.

What is a dental crown treatment?

Also known as caps, dental crowns are carefully constructed coverings that sit over an existing tooth to protect it from further damage whilst mimicking your natural tooth.

Why might you need a tooth crown procedure?

A tooth crown procedure is likely to be required when there is no longer enough healthy tooth tissue to sufficiently hold a filling predictably. They can also be used to cover and protect weak teeth or a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or injury. Crowns can hold fractured teeth together, support bridges and are usually used as the final step in root canal treatment. This has proven to be the most successful way of sealing and protecting the tooth. Cosmetically, a dental crown procedure can be utilised to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.

Dental crown treatment: what’s involved?

The first step of your dental crown procedure will ensure that the remaining tooth structure is healthy and that a stable foundation is established. This can involve placing a filling to help stabilise the tooth’s foundation. Your tooth will then be carefully reshaped, to ensure that its dimensions can hold a crown whilst matching your smile. In most cases, we will take a digital scan of the prepared tooth. Digital technology not only provides for a more comfortable patient journey but can be used to create exceptionally accurate crowns, for better longevity.

The scan is then sent digitally to a state-of-the-art laboratory, where a close team of technicians use sophisticated computers to design your custom crown. The crown is then crafted and coloured to match your teeth. Dental crown treatment is usually provided over 2 visits. After the tooth is prepared and the digital scan is taken, we will create a temporary crown for you to wear to protect the tooth for around 2 weeks. This gives enough time for the creation of your new crown.

What are dental crowns made from?

Due to the development of advanced dentistry, we can now form crowns from a variety of materials. These include the following:

  • Metal, including gold alloy and other metal-based alloys
  • Zirconia
  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain and metal
  • Porcelain and zirconia
  • Ceramic
  • Resin

We can recommend which crown would be suitable for you, based on the aesthetics needed for your smile and how it will function in your bite. For example, people who grind their teeth and would like a tooth-coloured crown would be recommended a crown able to withstand stronger forces. They may be recommended a material such as zirconia, with a nightguard to protect your new smile going forward.

How long will a crown last?

A permanent crown can last between 5-15 years depending on your habits, lifestyle, and oral care routine.

How to look after a crown?

You can treat your crown like a normal tooth. It is important to remember your natural tooth decay and gum disease can still occur without a good oral health routine. Keep up regular visits for your checkups and your hygiene cleans.

To learn more about our dental crown treatment and how we can help to restore your smile, please get in touch. Call our friendly team today on 01536 214 144.

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