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Crowns

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Would you like to:

  • Restore or protect a damaged or decayed tooth.
  • Permanently restore a tooth that has a large filling or can no longer support a filling.
  • Correct a minor problem such as gaps or misaligned teeth.
  • Improve any discoloured teeth.

If so, then a dental crown could help you. Particularly in more serious cases where the alternative would be complete removal of the tooth, a crown can offer a highly effective way of helping to restore functionality and strength to your tooth- enabling you to smile and eat confidently.

What will my crown look like?

Your crown will be carefully matched to your other teeth in size and shape (and colour if required).  Once fitted it should feel comfortable, secure and (when you get used to it) as if it has always been there.

A crown can be made from various different materials depending on your preference. Gold and metal alloys are particularly strong options for back teeth. Tooth coloured ceramic and porcelain crowns offer a more natural looking alternative.

Are there alternatives to a crown?

As a crown will require the removal of significant amount of enamel it may not always be recommended unless absolutely necessary.

If a crown has been suggested in place of an existing filling it is likely that your tooth is no longer strong enough to support a filling. In this case the only other option is extraction of the tooth.

It is important to avoid the extraction of a tooth unless absolutely necessary. There are various reasons for this..

  • Self-confidence can be greatly affected with one or more missing teeth.
  • Gaps can cause problems with eating and speech.
  • Remaining teeth can twist or become crooked when gaps are present.
  • Your risk of gum disease and tooth decay is increased as food and bacteria can be trapped in gaps.
  • Where teeth are missing there is a lack of stimulation to your gum. This can lead to bone recession and muscle wastage in your face causing your facial features to look older.

Fitting of your crown

Your crown will be fitted over several appointments.

Your first appointment will involve a thorough check over to establish your suitability for treatment. X-rays will be taken and a treatment plan discussed with you. You will also be asked for your preference on materials.

At your next appointment your existing tooth will be prepared. This will involve the removal of enamel from your tooth to ensure sufficient space for the crown to be fitted. Work will take place under a local anaesthetic so that you are comfortable. Once finished, impressions will be taken and used to manufacture your crown. Temporary restoration will be fitted if necessary.

At your third appointment (around 2 weeks later) your tooth will be cleaned. The new crown will be checked to ensure it fits comfortably and that it is the correct size and shape.   It will then be securely bonded in place.

Do crowns last very long?

Your crown will be made from strong and durable materials which will not deteriorate. Provided that it is regularly checked and you are careful when eating particularly hard foods your crown should last for many years.

Remember to pay attention to the tooth underneath your crown which is still vulnerable to developing tooth decay and gum disease.  Aim to brush and floss your teeth twice a day.

To our Patients of NW London Smile Centre,

Our team have been working tirelessly to keep our Dental Practice a safe environment for you. As a Dental Practice, we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything we do. In addition to our usual meticulous cross infection measures, we have been paying particularly close attention to all government guidance and updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Given the unprecedented situation in the UK, we feel it is essential that we do our part to reduce the spread of this virus and so. it is with very heavy hearts that we have taken the decision to postpone all routine examinations, treatments and hygiene appointments. This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we feel it is our responsibility to protect you, our valued patients, our team and all our families.

However, looking after the health of our patients is our absolute priority and so we will be maintaining a remote telephone service advice for emergencies only; these include:

  • Severe pain for over 48 hours
  • Facial Swelling
  • Trauma and uncontrolled bleeding

Should you have any of those above please contact our telephone triage service on 07702 207 233

We understand this is inconvenient and it may mean outstanding treatment timelines are extended but we will reconvene normal service as soon as it is safe to do so. If your appointment needs to be postponed, one of our team will be in touch shortly.

Thank you for all your support during these uncertain times.

Please stay safe, please stay at home and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

NW London Smile Centre