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Dental Crowns in Didsbury, Manchester

What Are Dental Crowns?

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. 

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What are Dental Crowns 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.

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Our Dental Crown Procedure

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!

Do I need a Dental Crown?

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:

  • You need to protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • A cosmetic modification is required
  • You want to restore an already broken or damaged tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • A misshapen or a severely discoloured tooth needs to be covered
  • You’re covering up or supporting a tooth that has a large filling when there isn’t a lot of teeth left
  • You need to hold a dental bridge in place
  • A dental implant needs covering 

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.

Cost of Dental Crown procedures in the UK

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.

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  • We can offer you same-day appointments
  • Should an urgent dental care issue arise out of nowhere, our dental team can book you in for emergency appointments
  • Enjoy the flexibility of early morning or late night appointments
  • Should you suffer from prolonged pain we have experts on hand who can help you manage it
  • We are Didsbury’s favourite dentist for 30 years, we also have plenty of clients from the surrounding area including Withington, Wythenshawe, Burnage and Cheadle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a dental crown expected to last?

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.

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 names

for 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.


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Staff are always welcoming and put you at ease, Excellent dentists and have nothing negative to say at all!
Sandra Stewart
5 Stars all the way from me. I'm always treated superbly well from the moment I walk through the door. Oh, and Doc. Jo is a Superstar. All the best guys, we can all see it's tough with all the PPE you have to wear, but you do it with such aplomb and professionalism. See you soon.
Tony McAlinden
Everyone at this practice is top of there game the best of the best.
Paul Lambert
I hadn’t been to the dentist in a few years and was nervous to go. My mum recommended Parkfield to me and they have been amazing! They made me feel incredibly comfortable and at ease, despite having to wear a lot of PPE and talked me through any procedures I needed doing.
Abigael Kirkby
I have been attending Parkfield Dental Practice for over 10 years and could not recommend them highly enough. The whole team is professional, knowledgeable and friendly and each procedure is carried out to the highest standard and is explained in great detail beforehand so that you know exactly what to expect. The level of expertise of the dentists and hygienists is second-to-none.
Louise Williams
I have been going to Parkfield Dental Practice for several years and have been impressed by the dental hygienist and the dentists. The care has been very professional. I am extremely happy with their services.
Jane Marks
I would like to thank everyone at Parkfield for making me feel safe during these troubled times upon my dental check up. Arfeen is always professional and puts me at ease along with the rest of the team.
Olivia Morgan-Meade
I have recently had treatment at Parkfield as a new patient. It has been during Covid and they have all been very, caring, helpful and professional in these difficult circumstances. I would recommend them. Thanks to all the staff.
Tim S
I have been a patient at this practice for over 25 years. First class service from the whole team. I highly recommend the practice to my own patients.
Brian Leatherbarrow
This is a really good dentist that I have been going to for years. All the staff have been friendly, efficient and professional.
Ron Clarey
I have followed Gill around for years...because she is the very best hygienist you'll ever find anywhere. I wouldn't be without her. I have total confidence and she gives endless reassurance re my teeth and gums. What an all round 5* STAR.
I have nothing but praise for Parkfield Dental Practice. I've been seeing Gill for many years and she has helped me keep my teeth and gums in good shape. I always feel confident that I will get the treatment I need when I go to see Jo. Thank you!
Karen Clarke
Very professional and friendly set up. Gill the hygienist is very experienced as is Mr Smith and on top of that the reception team are ultra efficient - text reminders of appointments as well. Just a really good dentist.
Will Card
A terrific dental practice. Dr Smith is excellent and has great attention to detail, Gill is a great Hyiegenist and the reception staff are always welcoming. My teeth have never been better.
Chrissie Knight
My partner has been seeing Jo and Gill for years as she had a lot of nervousness about dentists but thinks they are great. I'd not been to a dentist in 10 years but she persuaded me, I saw Dr Shah for a filling and was very happy with his professionalism and manner. I now go regularly like a good patient and would recommend them.
William Davies
I have been seeing Jo for approximately 3 years now. She is very calming and trusting as she works and as someone who is a little nervous at the dentist this is extremely comforting. She has been great with my girls (3 and 5), they in fact LOVE going to the dentist. Her magic wand and chair have them mesmerised!
Beckie Lowe
Wow! Never been to such an honest, professional practice, the dentist Joe was outstanding, she helped me achieve my confidence again. All the staff were second to none... I would definitely recommend this practice to everyone who is need of a dentist. Thanks parkfield team!
Dale Ashworth-Brown
I had my first consultation today with Dr Shah. He did a very thorough examination and explained his findings and treatment plan clearly with the aid of photographs and x-ray pictures. Given the quality of the service the fees are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
Giorgio Calisti
I have been a patient at Parkfield Dental practice for over 35 years and have always received excellent service from the whole team. Ian smith and Jo are wonderful dentists and Gill is a superb hygienist. The whole team are so friendly and helpful. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you
Fiona O'Sullivan
After an accident to my seven year old boy’s adult front tooth, Jo and Jade are the superheroes in his eyes. Thank you Jo and Jade for making his visit relaxing, stress-free and enjoyable. You are simply fabulous!
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