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A dental crown procedure, sometimes called a ‘cap’, is a restorative process to strengthen, repair and improve the appearance of an existing posterior or anterior tooth.
It’s hardwearing and cosmetic properties mean they remain strong and stable for years to come if they are cared for properly.
The advancement of technology at Parkfield Dental means that dental crowns look seamless and exactly like real teeth giving you the confidence to smile and be yourself. At Parkfield Dental we use a few different approaches to ensure the dental crown, or ‘cap’ is right for you both medically and cosmetically.
One of our dentists will carefully examine your gums, other teeth and oral tissues in addition to the tooth you are concerned about. After our team have collected a comprehensive picture of your dental health, we will go over the findings and let you know what kind of treatment we recommend.
During your first dental crown treatment appointment, the dentist will numb your tooth with a bit of local anaesthetic. Next, he or she will carefully remove the outer layer of your tooth. Then, we will take a dental impression, or mould, of your tooth. Finally, we will cover your tooth with a temporary crown to keep it safe and comfortable while we wait for your permanent crown to be made.
At your last appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and let you try on the permanent one to see how it looks and feels. If the fit is comfortable, we will fix it securely to the tooth. We will floss around your tooth and perhaps take an X-ray to confirm a successful fit. Then you will leave our practice with a beautiful and strong new tooth.
Gold dental crowns
These are used when a tooth requires high strength from the crown in an area of the mouth that is not entirely visible.
Porcelain fused to metal
These use a metal base and porcelain is applied in layers of it. They are an excellent option when the crown requires added strength but at the same time requires an aesthetic component to it.
These are your go-to aesthetic option for dental crowns. They look very natural. We use highly skilled ceramicists that create artistic natural dental crowns.
If you are being fitted with a crown or cap at Parkfield, one of our dedicated, experienced dentists from our dental team will undergo proper tooth preparation to ensure your crown is an ideal shape. This involves removing a layer of the outer surface of your natural tooth.
A dental impression of the tooth is then sent to a specialist dental laboratory where your bespoke dental crown will be expertly manufactured to fit the size and colour of your real teeth.
Your dental crown tooth preparation may take one or two weeks before it is ready. If you’re worried about what to do in the meantime then don’t worry, our dental team always fits a temporary crown for you so that you don’t leave Parkfield Dental without a tooth.
Once you’re ready to have your new crowned tooth fitted, your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and prepare it for the upcoming procedure. Once it’s ready, a mould of your tooth is taken in a putty-like material so that your dental care technician can make a crowned tooth that fits perfectly.
At this second appointment, your dentist will take off the temporary crown and fix the new one permanently in place. Then you’re all done, your dental crown procedure is done and you’ll be leaving Parkfield Dental with a seamless crown and newfound confidence!
It can be hard to work out if you need a dental crown procedure or not, there is lots of jargon and it can be hard to get a definitive opinion.
We thought we’d make it easy and as simple as possible, so below are just a few reasons that you may need a crown fitted.
You may need a dental crown procedure if:
If you’re still unsure then feel free to get in touch with us to talk through your specific problem and we’ll be glad to help you from there.
If you’re considering dental crown work at Parkfield Dental, you may be interested in our low-cost payment plan that we can offer to help fund proper dental treatment or dental care.
We offer Mendenta Finance interest-free over 10 or 12 months with anything over the cost of £600. If you have any questions or queries about the cost of dental crowns, dental care, dental fillings and the subsequent financing of them then don’t hesitate to call or email us.
Contrary to popular belief, dental crowns don’t last forever. But with good care, they can last a long time! Current research shows that more than 90% of crowns will not require major treatment within five years, and 50 to 80% of crowns will last between 15 and 20 years.4 It’s important to remember that just like a real tooth, the life of your crown depends on how you care for it. You should continue to follow good dental care and excellent hygiene practices including brushing twice a day, flossing, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, ask your dentist how this could affect your dental crown. In general, you should try to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods, which may cause your porcelain crown to break or come loose.
There are different reasons why your dentist may recommend a crown for one of your teeth. Sometimes a crown is placed over a natural tooth that has had a root canal, or one that has had a large filling, to help keep the tooth strong for biting and chewing. Crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. A dentist may also recommend a crown to protect a weak or discoloured real tooth or to cover a broken or damaged one.
The initial appointment which includes taking impressions of your mouth, removing the pieces of a broken or damaged tooth, smoothing it down and adding in a temporary crown before sending off your impressions can usually take around 60 minutes all in all. Your second appointment takes less time because all you have to do is fit your new permanent crown so expect to be there for around 30 minutes.
Our advanced technology ensures that your permanent crowned tooth will look and feel exactly like a regular tooth – you shouldn’t worry about this, we will have you looking your smiley best in just a few short weeks.
Our dedicated dental team uses a blue light to cure the cementing process which ensures that you’re ready to brush your teeth the minute you leave Parkfield Dental, however just to be on the safe side we recommend waiting a few hours before brushing your teeth as normal. More than anything it’s to ensure that the cement we use to fix your crown is securely attached.Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?Is it worth getting a dental crown?Does a crown require a root canal?What’s the difference between a dental crown and a dental cap?Is a crown better than an implant?What do I need to do to look after a temporary crown?Can a tooth underneath a crown still decay?
It isn’t painful to have a crown placed on a tooth. The treatment does require a bit of work to prepare the existing tooth and then secure the crown, but with the use of anaesthetic, you shouldn’t feel any pain, barring the small sharp scratch of the initial needle when you’re numbed. After that, the worst you should feel is some mild discomfort as our experienced dentists carefully prepare and fit your new dental crown.
If you have any concerns about visiting a dental practice and are worried about pain during your treatment, feel free to contact us to discuss your options and we will happily reassure you.
If our experienced dentists recommend a crown as a treatment option to you then it is certainly worth it. Crowns are often used where a tooth has had past issues that the more typical forms of treatment – fillings and root canals – have been unsuccessful or where the tooth is damaged beyond the repair of a simple filling. A crown has a much higher success rate for properly fixing the tooth and ensuring you experience no further pain, whilst preserving your smile.
Not only are they successful but with an average lifespan of 5-15 years, they are hard-wearing too and won’t leave you needing to revisit for updated treatments every couple of years.
Most of the time, a dental crown does not require root canal treatment. You would only need a root canal first if the tooth was badly infected and it had spread to the roots of your tooth. In that case, we would recommend a root canal to remove all traces of infection before the crown is fitted, to ensure that it doesn’t resurface and cause further problems down the line.
If your tooth is not infected then we can begin work on your dental crown immediately with no hold up waiting for any antibiotics to clear out the canals of your tooth.
There is no difference between a dental crown and a dental cap, they’re just different namesfor the same thing. A crown is the more medically-accepted term, while a cap is the more casual term. They aren’t a different treatment option. The term cap comes from the way that the crown acts as a ‘cap’ for your existing tooth, being installed as a cover to protect it.
If you’ve visited any other dentist in the past and they’ve mentioned you may be needing a cap in future, they would have been referring to a dental crown.
Crowns and dental implants generally are used in different treatments. If your tooth is weakened but still sitting properly in your gums then a crown would normally be used to protect it, rather than have it removed and replaced with an implant.
But if your tooth is badly damaged to the point that the whole structure of the tooth is compromised, or it is too brittle to support a crown, then an implant may be the better option. Implants are long-lasting and even more permanent a solution than a crown, and they offer less risk of infection in future. If you want to know more about our dental implant services, then explore our dental implants page here.
When you’re getting a dental crown, you’ll have an initial temporary crown fitted while you wait for a second appointment where your permanent, moulded crown will be prepared for you. In the meantime, you’ll be wearing a temporary crown. Temporary crowns aren’t as strong as permanent ones, and because they aren’t designed to fit your mouth they won’t be as snug a fit which also makes them weaker.
With that in mind, it’s important you look after your temporary crown while you wait for your permanent one. You should avoid chewing on very hard foods like nuts and solid sweets, and where possible chew on the other side of your mouth.
A crown is not a miracle solution that stops all future decay, although it will offer your tooth a lot more protection. You do therefore still need to make sure that you practise excellent oral hygiene to protect your tooth, especially as if bacteria gets under the crown then you’ll have a very hard time cleaning it properly. You should continue to brush after eating, without avoiding the dental crown, and visit your dentist regularly to have a check-up so that you can be sure your crown is being properly cared for.