My dentist said I need a crown – Part 1

March 1, 2018 6:21 am

My dentist said I need a crown




Crowns, also known as caps, are a laboratory made covering that fits over the tooth. If the tooth has been damaged, weakened by decay or a very large filling, a crown will protect and elongate the life of the tooth. You may also have a crown to improve the appearance of your teeth. Same day crowns are available but it usually takes a minimum of two visits to complete a crown.


Preparation of the tooth

Your dentist will discuss the different crown options available to you, there are many types of crown available to suit budget and cosmetic requirements.

The dentist will take an impression of the opposing teeth in order for the laboratories to determine your bite. The dentist will then shape and prepare your tooth and take an impression. When necessary, the dentist and nurse will assist you in selecting a shade for your new crown if the crown will be tooth coloured. There are metal and ceramic crowns available. Metal crowns are usually gold or silver in colour and can cover part or the whole of the tooth. The impressions and instructions are sent to the laboratory and it will take two weeks to make your crown.


The dentist may fit a temporary crown to protect the tooth and maintain the space, some care is needed to avoid dislodging this with sticky foods but if it does come off, you should return to have the temporary replaced, particularly if the tooth is sensitive.


**If you experience persistent pain or discomfort after the preparation, please inform your dentist.


You can find out more about Crowns here.


Please call the surgery on 01708 446 447 for more information and to book your free consultation to discuss your dental needs.