A dental crown fits over the remaining part of a tooth, helping to strengthen it and making it look like a whole, natural tooth once more. Modern crowns are much less bulky than older ones, making them feel more natural, and they also do not have the old-fashioned metal edge at the gumline.

There are a number of reasons why we may recommend them. Your tooth may be very decayed and not strong enough to be filled any more, the top part of the tooth may have been accidentally damaged, or you may need one following root canal treatment. Crowns are also sometimes needed to help support a dental bridge.

We will need to prepare your tooth first, and will usually numb the tooth and the surrounding area with local anaesthetic. At this stage, we also take an impression (mould) of the area. This is sent to our dental lab, who create a crown that will be a perfect fit, and will match your other teeth.

For the couple of weeks while the crown is being made, you will be fitted with a temporary one.

Once your new crown is ready, we will fit it and bond it in place with a special dental cement.

Case study 1

Crown case study

Case study 2

Crown filling case study