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What is a Crown?

A crown is a cap that covers your tooth to protect your remaining tooth structure and to provide you with a strong, long lasting layer of protection between your tooth and your mouth.

Crowns are often provided where a tooth has lost a lot of its structure due to tooth decay, fractures or where a large filling has failed. In some cases crowns can be used where tooth wear has meant that the tooth has become worn and vulnerable

Here at Earlsgate Dental Practice, highly trained dentists are able to offer you all the options with regards to your crowns. At your consultation a range of options will be discussed with you so that you can make the very best choice with confidence.

The Procedure

Once you have had a consultation with your dental expert and discussed all the treatment options, your dentist will prepare the tooth ready to be crowned.

The first stage is to clean the tooth, remove any decay and reshape it. The shape of the prepared tooth is usually tapered to allow the crown sit comfortably over the top of it. Once the tooth is prepared an impression (mould) of your teeth will be taken using a special "dental putty”. This impression is sent to our dental laboratory who will use the impression of the prepared tooth as a guide to fabriacte the new crown to the exact specifcation of the dentist and to fit perfectly.

It usually takes between one to two for a laboratory technician to custom fabricate your new crown. During this time your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to cover and protect your prepared tooth.

On your second visit the temporary crown will be removed and your dentist will sit the custom crown over your tooth to see if it fits with your smile and is the right colour match and shape. Once you are both happy with the restoration and how it looks, the crown will be cemented firmly into place.