What are Crowns?

An important part of cosmetic dentistry and general oral health, dental crowns are caps that go over your teeth.

They are very useful for teeth which are broken, for teeth which have very large fillings or for example, teeth which have had root treatment.

They differ from porcelain veneers in that they involve a little bit more tooth removal and cover more of the tooth. However they offer a very robust cosmetic option.

What are Crowns Made of?

Crowns can come in metal, they can be made from a metal framework with porcelain bonded on to it or they can be supplied as full porcelain crowns.

The technology used to make crowns has improved immensely over the years.

Now we are able to provide crowns such as E-max and Lava crowns which have a superior quality and appearance as well as the strength to last many years.

Does it Hurt to Get Crowns Fitted?

It is not painful. We use local anaesthetic before we place a crown to limit any discomfort.

What Happens When I Get a Crown?

  1. On your first appointment we discuss your crown options, including whether you want a NHS crown or a private porcelain crown. We would also discuss what size of crown is required depending on the size of tooth.
  2. On your second appointment we prepare your tooth for the crown and provide you with a temporary crown while the lab gets to work on the permanent crown, making sure the shading matches your existing teeth.
  3. When you return to the surgery about seven days later we will bond the new crown onto your tooth and shortly afterwards you will be able to go home with a new robust and cosmetically-pleasing crown.
illustration of dental crowns
A dental crown is like a cap over your tooth