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Treatments - Crowns

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What are they?

A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.

A dental crown, sometimes known as a 'cap' is an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.

A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example to improve the appearance of the tooth, or if the tooth has been root filled and need a crown to protect it or to help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

What will my dentist do?

There are several stages in making a crown

  • The tooth is prepared to the ideal shape for the crown.  This means removing most of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner 'core'.  The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown to be fitted.
  • Once shaped, the dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and possibly another to mark the way you bite together.
  • The impressions are sent to the laboratory, along with any other information they need to make the crown, for example the shade.
  • A temporary crown will then be fitted
  • At your final visit, the dentist will check that the crown fits, make any minor adjustments and then fix it permanently in place.
  • Your dentist or hygienist will show you the best way of keeping your new crown clean