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Q What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial replacement for the visible part of a tooth to restore its normal shape and function.


Q Why would I need a crown?
Crowns are necessary when a tooth has become fractured or weak due to:

  • Tooth decay
  • Large fillings
  • Traumatic injury
  • Root filling


Q Will a crown improve my smile?
You may have discoloured and unsightly fillings or even old crowns in your mouth and new crowns may be necessary to change the appearance of the teeth and improve your smile.


Q What are crowns made of?
Crowns are made of a variety of materials and the options available at present are:

  • Lava
    These crowns are all ceramic and offer the high strength of zirconia. The natural translucency provides unmatched aesthetics.
  • E-Max
    These crowns are made of a metal-free ceramic material with good aesthetics and strong wear ability.
  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain bonded to metal.
  • Precious metal
    These crowns are made of gold and palladium. They are very strong, hardwearing and are usually placed at the back of the mouth, where they are not visible.


Q How is the tooth prepared for a crown?
Crowns are sometimes known as caps.
The dentist prepares the tooth by reducing its size into a peg shape. Once the tooth is the correct shape, the dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth and an impression of the opposite jaw to ensure that the new crown fits against the opposing teeth and you bite comfortably. The impressions will be given to the technician for the crown to be made.
A temporary crown is fitted to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is made. Approximately two weeks later the crown will be returned to us ready to be fitted. The crown fits over the remaining peg shape of the tooth, to make it strong and give it the form and contour of the original tooth.


Q Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?
No, if required a local anaesthetic is used for the preparation, it should not feel any different to having a filling. If the tooth does not have a nerve/root filling, and a post crown is being prepared, then local anaesthetic is not usually required.


Q Are post crowns different?
Post crowns are only used for root filled teeth, when the tooth is very weak or broken down a post is placed into the root canal to provide some retention for the crown to be bonded onto the post.


Q How long does a crown last?
Crowns if cared for can last many years.
The crown is very unlikely to fracture and will not decay. But at the neck of the crown at the gum line, this can decay and become weak if not cleaned effectively twice a day.


Q Will the crown feel different?
At first the crown may feel slightly different as its shape compared to your original tooth may be marginally different. After a few days your mouth will adjust and it will feel like it has always been there. It may be necessary to return to your dentist for an adjustment a few days later.

Surgery Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 2.00pm
These times may vary

Please help by giving us 24 hours notice to cancel or change an appointment. Patients wishing to change or cancel Monday morning appointments must do so by 1.30 pm on the proceeding Friday. Call 01322 223927 Otherwise a charge will be incurred.
On weekdays, please telephone the practice on 01322 223927 before 9.00am so that we can arrange to see you on the same day. Patients who have an emergency outside normal hours should ring the surgery for information regarding emergency treatment.


The centre is easily accessible for the less able and for wheelchairs. We have a ground floor surgery and disabled toilet facilities.