Crowns (often known as caps) are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay, very large filling or root canal treatment. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, reducing splaying of the teeth and making it strong; giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are often made if tooth coloured material for improved aesthetics but gold and other metals are also often used.
You may need a crown if:
Crowns are made of a variety of materials and new materials are being introduced all the time. Here are some of the options available at present:
A dental crown/bridge requires at least two visits to the dentist to complete the treatment.
The first appointment your dentist will prepare (make the tooth smaller to allow space for the crown/bridge to fit), the dentist may also need to numb the area. We then will take an impression/3D scan of the area where the crown will be fitted and will take a note of the shade of your natural teeth to match the crown to your teeth, you will also be fitted with a temporary crown during this visit until your permanent one is complete.
The impression/scan will then be sent to our dental laboratory where our trusted dental technicians will create the crown/bridge.
During your second visit, usually 2 weeks after your initial appointment, your permanent crown/bridge will be fitted by the dentist.