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What is a crown?

Crowns (sometimes known as caps) are often used to restore individual teeth that have been broken, become weakened or unsightly over time. If you have been the recipient of a dental implant then crowns are usually laid over the implant to create the perfect finish.


Whilst they aren't natural teeth they will improve their appearance to the point that people will  not be able to tell that you have had a crown applied.


How are crowns fitted?

For a crown to be applied to your tooth we will need to adjust the shape of your tooth so that it becomes an ideal platform on which the crown will sit. Once this is done we'll then produce an impression from which your crown will be created prior to your next appointment. A temporary crown will be applied to last you between appointments.


During your next appointment we will fit your crown and check that it fits and looks right. We'll also ensure that it doesn't affect how your teeth come together. Once we're both happy with it we'll secure the crown to your tooth.


How long to crowns last?

Crowns can last for many years. How long they last depends on several things:


  • The remaining strength of the tooth on which it sits

  • How well you care for your teeth

  • How much sugary food and drink you consume


Do I need a crown?

Below are some signs that you may need a crown. If you notice or experience any of the following then its worth paying us a visit to get it checked out. You may not need a crown but chances are something is definately wrong and we can help.


  • Pain in a tooth that contains a large filling

  • Discoloured filling/s

  • You're about to begin root canal treatment

  • Cracked or fractured tooth


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