Did you know?The Etruscan civilisation was the first to use crowns to restore damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th Century.
Crowns can help if:
- Your tooth is susceptible to decay or it already has large fillings in it.
- Your tooth is discoloured and you're unhappy with its appearance
- Your tooth has been root filled.
- Your tooth is misshapen and it affects the way you bite
What exactly are crowns?
A crown is sometimes referred to as a cap, which is a great description - it simply fits on top of an existing tooth. It can restore the shape, colour and function of your original tooth.
What are my options?
There are three main types of crown available:
- 1.All metal
These are normally used to cover back teeth, which are obviously less visible. The crown is usually silver (but can also be gold) and is great for restoring the shape and function of your tooth.
- 2.Metal and porcelain
These have a metal inner core (which is great for strength) with porcelain bonded over it to provide a natural appearance.
- 3.Porcelain or ceramic
There's a wide range of this type of crown available and they can be very durable and long lasting. They have a more natural look but are more complex to produce so are often more expensive than crowns which include metal.
Did you know?When you floss around a crown you should pull the floss out. If you lift it up as you normally would, this can tug on the crown and damage it.
Will it hurt?
Your tooth is prepared for a crown under a local anaesthetic, and the procedure should feel no different from that of a filling. If you have a crown fitted following a root canal treatment, you may not even need a local anaesthetic.
Are crowns safe?
The materials used to make a crown are common in many dental procedures, and should pose no risk to your health or well-being.
Can I afford a crown?
We believe everyone should be able to afford the dental care they need, so we have a range of competitive prices and finance options to make sure as many people as possible experience the benefits of crowns.