Crowns are another form of restorative dental procedure which replaces the outer layer of your teeth with a coating of metal, resin, or ceramic to fix chips, cracks, weakness, sensitivity, and discolouration of individual teeth and deliver a healthier, natural-looking smile.
Crowns provided by NHS services can often be made from cheaper materials, which can compromise their appearance and function, but at Smart Dental Care, you can upgrade to use premium materials to ensure the crown blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
The appearance of the crown is up to you; you can opt for a natural look if you're happy with the colour of your teeth overall, or you can undergo a whitening treatment first and select a brighter, whiter crown to match.
Keep in mind, whitening treatments only work on biological teeth and do not interact with crowns, so make sure you achieve the shade you want first.
First, your dentist will carry out a full dental examination on the tooth that needs a crown, then take a mould of your tooth or mouth. An x-ray may be required.
Your dentist will file down the tooth in preparation for the crown fitting. A temporary crown will be applied to protect the tooth. Your impressions will be sent to the lab to create the permanent crown.
Once your new crown is back from the lab, you’ll return for a second visit where your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown. Crowns last up to 10 - 15 years.