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Dental Crowns

A tooth crown, sometimes known as a caps may be required if you have a weak or damaged tooth. This ‘sleeve’ fits over the exposed part of the tooth, above the gumline to effectively keep together cracked teeth and prevent further damage. It also protects a worn down tooth from any further wear and tear. A crown may also be fitted where there has been a substantial amount of tooth decay and there is a large filling or a root canal treatment with not enough tooth left to support it. As crowns are shells, they are also used to fit over dental implants or to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth. You may need a crown if you are having a bridge fitted, as they create anchors to hold the bridge in place.

Our dentists at Smile Chic Dental Clinic use various types of crown according to the situation and it is now possible to use all-ceramic crowns with a lovely natural translucent appearance.

Dental Crowns Treatment

Fitting your crown will usually involve two visits to Smile Chic Dental Clinic. The first is an assessment of the tooth and its surrounding area, including the root. This will usually require an x ray. Occasionally a root canal may be required ahead of fitting a crown, if there is any trace of infection or inflamed tissue. The tooth underneath must be as clean and healthy as possible before the crown is fitted. If your tooth is its original size, your dentist may need to file it down to allow the cap to fit snugly in line with the rest of your jaw and not affect your bite.

We take an accurate impression of your tooth to create a perfectly fitting crown that seamlessly sits alongside your existing teeth. A crown will usually take around two to three weeks to create in a dental laboratory, so before it can be fitted you will be provided with a temporary crown. This is usually made out of acrylic and is held in place with temporary cement to keep your mouth looking and feeling healthy while your crown is custom made. A local anesthesia will be administered before your permanent crown is fully fitted. Your dentist will first remove the replacement before attaching your unique crown using a permanent dental cement.

Depiction of a dental crown
Diagram of a dental crown

Types of crowns

Porcelain bonded to precious metal crown

is made of a precious metal base. Porcelain is then applied in layers over the base.

Porcelain crowns

Are not as strong as the bonded style, but they can look very natural and are mostly used on front teeth. They are perfect for patients that do not grind their teeth.

Precious metal crowns

Are made from gold and palladium. They are extremely strong and hardwearing and are usually applied to the back of the mouth. Metal crowns are not visible and most suitable for people who grind and clench their teeth.


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Frequently asked questions

Why Consider Dental Crowns

Why should missing teeth be replaced?

Appearance and better function of the mouth. The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth on each side. The bite can be affected because the teeth on each side of the missing tooth can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth meet. Food can get into the gap and decay and gum disease will develop.

How long will a crown last?

You can expect a new crown to last 5-15 years, for many it could be a lifetime. With regular dental health checkups and good hygiene your crown may last 25-30 years.

How shall I look after my crown?

You can treat your crown like a normal tooth. While it does not require any particular care, remember that it acts as a sleeve over the top of your natural tooth and so decay and gum disease can still occur without a good oral health routine. Keep up regular dental health check-ups and remember to continue to floss around the tooth. When flossing, try to pull the floss through your teeth rather than upwards – sometimes pulling up and out can catch on your crown and contribute to wear and tear.