If you are being fitted with a crown, your dentist will prepare your teeth to the ideal shape, which involves removing a layer of the outer surface of the tooth. An impression of the tooth will then be sent to a specialist laboratory where the crown will be expertly manufactured to fit the size and colour of your existing teeth. A temporary crown will be fitted in the meantime so to avoid being without a tooth.
On your final visit, the crown will be precisely fitted over the top of the tooth and held in place with specialist dental cement.
Crowns can be made of:
- 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.
- All- ceramic crowns: 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.
Your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and prepare it for the new crown. Once prepared, a mould of your tooth is taken in a putty-like material so that the dental technician can make a crown that fits the tooth perfectly. It may take one or two weeks for the crown to be ready, so your dentist will fit a temporary one. At the second appointment, your dentist will take off the temporary crown and fix the new one permanently in place.