A crown can help support a tooth with a weakened structure or significant damage, and prevent further decay, preserving your natural tooth for the future.
A dental crown is a cap that covers the surface of a damaged tooth. They are used to save, protect and restore the underlying tooth.
Dental crowns are required to protect a weak tooth from decay or after root canal treatment, restore a broken or worn down tooth and to cover a dental implant.
You'll need to book an appointment with our dental practice team in advance. Please bear in mind that our schedule can often be quite busy so it's best to try book several weeks in advance, or better yet, immediately after your last appointment. Our team will book a convenient time for you. On arrival you will be asked to wait in our state-of-the-art practice until called upon by the dentist.
We will take an X-ray to check the viability of the tooth. You might require a root canal treatment before preparing the tooth for a dental crown. During the first appointment, we will prepare and shape the tooth to make space and optimize the strength of the crown. We will then scan the tooth digitally with our intraoral scanner and send it to the lab, who will make the crown. Meanwhile, we will place a temporary crown to protect and function until the crown is made. At the second appointment we will remove the temporary crown and carefully check the function, fit and aesthetics of the crown, after which it is cemented firmly to the tooth.
Aftercare for dental crowns starts immediately after the procedure. For the first 24-48 hours you should continue to treat the crown as if it were temporary – avoiding sticky and chewy foods, and other actions that might dislodge it. Beyond that time, the crown should be cemented firmly into place and you can start to treat it as you would if it were a natural tooth. You may still experience some sensitivity in your gum around the crown, but this will usually fade over the first few weeks – consult your dentist if you have lasting discomfort that does not seem to be improving over time.
There are different types of crowns that can be used, full crowns or inlays or onlays, and can be made of different materials. Depending on the individual’s case and the wear on the tooth, our dentists will discuss the best options with you.
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