A dental crown is a prevalent form of dental restoration, typically employed when a tooth is so damaged or weakened that a filling isn’t sufficient to restore it. While some individuals opt for dental crowns at Thousand Smiles for cosmetic purposes, they are primarily used to bolster the tooth structure, often necessary after a tooth has been severely damaged or weakened post-root canal treatment.
For quality and efficient dental crowns in London, trust Thousand Smiles to provide the care and service you need to restore and maintain your oral health.
A crown is a tooth-like cap fitted over the natural tooth structure. It is a permanent solution, so placing a crown feels, looks and functions like other teeth.
You may be the right candidate for a dental crown if you experience the following, but our experienced dentist will assess your mouth to determine if you can get a crown or other alternative treatments.
Getting a dental crown can prevent a loose or weak tooth from further damage or hold the cracked tooth together.
Dental crowns strengthen and support a worn-down or broken tooth.
If you have a severely decayed tooth, there may not be enough natural tooth structure for filling. You will need a dental crown to strengthen your teeth and prevent damage.
You cover your discoloured or misshapen teeth with a crown.
You can also get a dental crown to keep a bridge in place or cover a dental implant.
A dental crown supports a tooth with significantly weakened structure or damage, prevents further decay and preserves the natural tooth structure. Dental crowns can improve the appearance of any stained or chipped tooth and restore the tooth’s colour and shape.
With the right care, your dental crown can last for several years. Our dentist will inform you on how long you should expect the crown to last and the right maintenance routine.
The cost of dental crowns at our dental practice varies, depending on the tooth you want to treat and the crown’s material. However, we will explain the full cost of the treatment beforehand.
Fitting a dental crown usually requires two appointments to prepare and place the crown. The procedure involves the following.
On your first appointment, the dentist will remove the weakened part of the tooth and prepare it to hold a crown.
The dentist will take your teeth impression and fit a temporary crown. Your teeth impression will help the lab technician create your custom-made crown following the dentist’s instructions. Our dentist will choose a colour that closely matches your surrounding teeth to give a natural finish.
During your second visit, the dentist will remove your temporary crown and cement the new crown in place to ensure it fits your tooth and matches the other teeth.
Your dental crown can be made from one or more materials, depending on which part of your mouth you want to fit the crown.
Porcelain crowns are mostly used for the teeth close to the front of the mouth because the material looks like your natural tooth. This material is also a good option if you have a metal allergy.
Zirconia is a strong, white ceramic material that can be thinly made to ensure more preservation of the natural tooth structure. However, zirconia isn’t transparent, making it more suitable for the back of the teeth.
In some cases, crowns have a combination of metals, including palladium, chromium and nickel. Metal alloys are highly resistant to wear and tear, require minimal natural teeth removal, and rarely chip.
However, they are usually for the back teeth because they are not as aesthetically pleasing as ceramic or porcelain crowns.
Our dentist will discuss your options and advise you on the most suitable crown.
After fitting a crown, you may experience slight discomfort. The tooth may initially feel sensitive and strange, which is normal and will subside within 2 – 3 days. You may experience soreness around your gums, but brushing carefully will allow your gums to heal and remain healthy.
If the dentist finds you unsuitable for a dental crown, they may recommend one of these options.
A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made porcelain moulding bonded to the front tooth surface. Veneers are an effective and quick treatment for discoloured, chipped, crooked or misshapen teeth.
Fillings are used to fill cavities in a tooth. Filing a tooth can prevent further decay and stop toothache. Different filling materials are available, but the most common is amalgam or metal and composite filling, which matches the teeth’ colour.
We will advise you on the right treatment, depending on the degree of damage and the teeth affected.
If you have a damaged tooth and need a dental crown or any dental restoration, visit Thousand Smiles for the right treatment. You can also call us on 020 8050 0280 to book an appointment with our dentist.
Most people are usually concerned about pain when they want to undergo a dental procedure. We will administer local anaesthesia to numb the affected area before your treatment.
Getting is dental crown should be painful, but you may feel a little discomfort as you get used to the crown.
A dental crown may smell after being treated. Usually, the porcelain-fused-to-metal or metal crown will emit metal ions, resulting in a foul taste. Ensure you have regular appointments with our dental hygienist and dentist to clean and check the condition of your dental crown.
Keeping your dental crown clean is important, like cleaning your natural teeth. A good oral hygiene routine will ensure your dental crown remains in good condition and lasts long.
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A cracked dental crown will likely become unstable, exposing the remaining healthy tooth to plaque, bacteria and decay. Your dentist will inform you if you can re-fit the crown or get a new one.
Your dentist will inform you if a dental crown is necessary, which could be in different cases. For example, you can get your dental crown after a root canal to preserve the remaining tooth
No, they are not. Some people are concerned about crowns being toxic as they are made from artificial material. The ceramics used to make crowns are of the highest quality, and they are safe.
A dental crown can last for about 20 years or more. Whether you fit a crown, veneer or denture, we advise caring for them as you would care for your natural teeth by maintaining the highest oral hygiene standard and booking routine check-ups.
Yes, you can. You can remove your dental implant crown.
Before getting a dental crown or any other restoration, your teeth should be gum disease and caries-free. If you have an infection in your bone, you can get root canal treatment, and if your teeth are misaligned, treatment with aligners may be necessary before the crown fitting.
If you want to improve your teeth’ colour, whitening your teeth may be necessary before taking the impressions for your dental crown. You may need a gum transplant if your gumline is uneven.