What is a Crown?
Crowns are a type of dental restoration (also known as a ‘cap’), they are strong in structure so you can bite and chew as normal. They are made from metal, covered with a porcelain coating to give a natural tooth shape and colour. We match the crown shade as much as possible to the natural tooth shade so that it blends in with the opposing teeth. If preferred you can have a crown made from gold, however most patients prefer to go for a natural looking finish using a porcelain coating.
There are numerous reasons why you may need a Crown, for example your tooth may have:
- Weakened by decay
- Had a root canal filling (naturally weakening the tooth structure as it is no longer ‘alive’)
- Discoloured or a filling may have discoloured over time
- A large filling which is no longer able to support the portion of tooth remaining
- You want to improve the appearance of your smile
- You may require a crown to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth
How many appointments will I need for a Crown?
Once it has been agreed within your treatment plan estimate that you require a Crown, you should generally only need to book two further appointments (based on one single crown):
- The preparation appointment, this is when the tooth requiring a Crown restoration is prepared by your dentist and an impression is taken of your teeth. The impressions are sent off to the dental laboratory where they will make your Crown tailored to your teeth, so that it fits comfortably and precisely within your bite. A temporary crown will be made at this appointment so that the prepared tooth does not get damaged in between appointments, again this will be tooth coloured.
- The fit appointment, this is normally two weeks after your preparation appointment and your final dental laboratory made Crown is cemented to your prepared tooth.
As with any dental treatment there are risks and over time a Crown may need replacing, you can discuss this with one of our Dentists or Treatment Coordinators if you are considering this type of treatment.