Dental Crown

A dental crown is used to restore broken teeth, or to cover up other teeth (or dental implants), to support a tooth or protect a weak one.

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About Dental Crown

Dental crown installation process, isolated on white

A crown can be used to save a damaged tooth by completely encircling it. In order to attach a crown, the tooth is reduced to a stump which the crown can be cemented onto. Many clinics specialize in natural looking, tooth-colored materials, and patients can choose from a range of materials to suit their budget.

A common option for crowns and bridges is porcelain fused to metal (PFM). These are affordable, and have some of the strength associated with a metal prosthetic, as well as the natural look of porcelain crowns. There is just a small metal rim which is difficult to notice, particularly on back teeth.

For front teeth, patients may wish to pay a little more for full porcelain or zirconia options which are tooth-colored throughout.

Recommended for

  • Large cavity
  • Teeth needing root canal treatment
  • Broken or damaged teeth

Before the Procedure

Sometimes the tooth may require root canal treatment first. This means tissue in the roots of the tooth is removed, and a filling or post and core is applied.

During the Dental Crown Procedure

The dentist will reduce the size of the tooth, so that the crown can be fitted on top. Then they will take a mould of the mouth so that the crown can be custom made in the laboratory. This will take a few days, and at your next appointment the crown will be cemented into place.

Materials

Crowns are available in a range of materials. The standard crown type is porcelain fused to metal or PFM. These are mostly tooth-colored, but offer the added strength of a metal base. As the metal can sometimes be visible, some people prefer full porcelain or zirconia crowns, especially for front teeth. Some clinics offer gold crowns which are very sturdy and long-lasting, however, in terms of esthetics and costs, many patients choose alternatives as they cost a lot more based on gold used per gram.

Anesthesia

Local anesthetic (usually).

Procedure duration

Preparing the tooth, taking a mould and fitting a temporary crown usually takes around one hour. At your next appointment, the crown will be fitted. As the tooth needs to be cleaned and dried, cement applied and left to dry, the process can take around one hour.

After the Procedure

Post procedure care

Patients should avoid eating on the crown straight away. Certain things, such as hard or chewy sweets, should be avoided long-term, as the crown could come loose.

Possible discomfort

Most patients do not suffer with a lot of discomfort following a crown, however, if as part of the procedure, the patient’s tooth is not treated with a root canal, the patient may experience some additional sensitivity for a period of time after the treatment.

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