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Dental Services

Crowns

 

Helping you to keep your teeth for life

Teeth with large fillings (and/or root fillings) are weak, and can break when you bite. They can have hidden cracks that make them tender to bite on, or sensitive to hot or cold. A crown will protect a heavily filled tooth. Crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your teeth.  The dentist can tell you which of your teeth would best be protected by crowns before problems develop.

 

What are crowns?

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps which fit over your teeth

 

Why are Crowns used?

Teeth with large fillings (and/or root fillings) are weak, and can break when you bite. They can have hidden cracks that make them tender to bite on, or sensitive to hot or cold. A crown will protect a heavily filled tooth. Crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your teeth. The dentist can tell you which of your teeth would best be protected by crowns before problems develop.

 

What are crowns made of?

Usually porcelain, because the colour can be matched to your existing teeth. The porcelain ‘tooth’ may have gold or other metal core for strength. If a natural appearance is not essential (i.e. at the back of your mouth), a gold or other metal crown may be used.

 

How are crowns fitted?

Your dentist reduces the size of the existing filling and tooth to make room for the new crown, and then takes a mould which is sent to a dental technician. Sometimes the filling in the tooth to be crowned is completely removed to check for decay and to rebuild the tooth for increased strength.

Your dentist will fit a temporary crown to cover your tooth until the permanent crown has been made by a dental technician.

Once your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.

 

I have several healthy filled teeth. Should I get them all crowned at the same time?

It may be best if you do, but there are many factors to consider. We will discuss with you the most appropriate order of your treatment plan.

 

The result

Crowns provide strong, attractive, long-term protection for your mouth.