Frequently answered questions regarding crowns

Firstly crowns are artificial restoration which fits over the remaining part of a tooth.  The crown makes it stronger and gives the shape of a natural tooth, often known as a cap.

Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth which may have been broken. Improve the appearance of a discoloured filling or to protect what is left of your tooth. When it comes to improving the look of your smile. Usually, ceramic or porcelain cosmetic crowns are used to enhance shape. You can even choose the shade of your teeth once you have whitening done, so the crown can be virtually undetectable.


Here are just a few of the questions we often get asked at our dental centre.

Is it painful when a tooth is prepared for a crown?

You will be given a local anaesthetic, the actual preparation for the crown should feel no different to a filling.  If it is a post crown which is being placed, you may not need a local anaesthetic.

Can you notice the crown?

Crowns are made to match as close as possible your existing teeth.

Do crowns feel different?

After a few days, you should not really notice the crown. It may, however, need some adjustment if when biting it feels uncomfortable.  If this is the case we will check it for you and make any necessary adjustments.

How long do they last?

Crowns should last for quite a few years.  You will be given a guide of how long at your consultation.

Are crowns difficult to look after?

It is important to look after your crowns, this helps them last longer. It is possible for decay to start around the edge of the crown where it joins the tooth. To prevent this happening it is important to look after your teeth. Brush for two minutes, twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and floss in-between your teeth.

Where can I find out more information?

Finally, you can find out more information on our dedicated page or by speaking to our dental team.

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