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An aesthetic protective cover for damaged teeth

Crowns offer a neat, natural-coloured way to cover up unsightly teeth and protect them from further damage. They fit completely over a whole tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration or large fillings. Crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge or fixed to a dental implant for a highly aesthetic finish.

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Why do I need a dental crown?

Crowns are commonly used to repair damage that has affected the structure and functionality of a tooth. As they replace the whole outside structure of the tooth, they are a full rebuild for teeth that need an overall restoration. For teeth that have had multiple fillings, extensive decay, and general damage, a crown is the way forward.

In some cases, we may use a crown to restore a tooth following a root canal treatment for an aesthetic and reliable finish.

What is involved in the treatment?

At Charlton Road Dental, with the Cerec Omnicam, we have the latest, most innovative technology in digital scanning and crown fabrication available, enabling us to provide you with all-ceramic E-Max crowns prepared and fitted on the same day, while you wait.

The accuracy of this system is unrivalled and allows for better design, build and fit of your crowns. The Cerec process limits the need for repeat visits, repeat anaesthetics, temporary crowns and wasted time out of your busy schedules.

We take digital scans and images of your teeth in order to design your final natural-looking and well-fitting crown. This is sent to the Cerec machine, which creates your crown while you wait in our comfortable practice. When it is ready, we make sure you are happy with the look and feel before fitting your crown into place.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I look after my crown?

The best way to care for your crown is to stay on top of your oral hygiene – this means keeping your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing between your teeth. You also need to see your dentist regularly for check-ups so they can keep an eye on your crown and the tooth underneath.

Can I choose the colour of my crown?

You are able to choose the colour of your crown, based on your personal preferences. We may advise you of the shade which would best match your natural tooth colour, but it is ultimately up to you. If you are considering having whitening treatment, you may prefer to have this treatment first, as whitening is not effective on crowns and your crown can then be made to match your new shade.

Are tooth crowns permanent?

Tooth crowns are not permanent, and will need replacing or repairing at some point. The treatment process is irreversible as some of your natural dental enamel is removed in order to accommodate the crown on top, so you will always need a crown on your tooth. Most crowns last for up to 10-15 years before natural wear and tear will likely cause the need for removal and replacement.

Is getting a crown painful?

We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area before preparing your tooth for a crown, and when fitting the crown itself to make sure you won’t feel any pain. We take the time to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable before beginning any treatment. Many patients find that having a crown is no more uncomfortable than a filling.

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