A crown is a cap that fits over your existing tooth and is attached using a dental adhesive or cement. It will be tooth shaped and will function the same as a normal tooth.
Crowns are used for several reasons:
- Protection for heavily decayed or fractured tooth
- Prevent teeth that are currently heavily filled from breaking down and lost
- Protection of your tooth after root canal treatment has been completed, as the tooth is at greater risk of fracture this will improve its longevity
- For teeth that are not the correct shape, severely discoloured, heavily worn or with spacing or incorrect bite
How are crowns made?
At our East Grinstead dental practice, after your initial assessment with x-rays, the suitability for crown and the type of crown is discussed.
The crowns can be:
- Non- metal based: Cerec (1 hour crown) that can be constructed from Porcelain, E-Max and Zirconia. All suitably made using Cerec- follow the Cerec Button below read more about Cerec
- Metal based: Gold, porcelain bonded to precious or non precious metals
The metal based crowns are constructed using the conventional 2-stage process; first visit for preparation and impressions and a second visit two weeks later for the fitting of the crown.
The exception to this rule is the tooth coloured cosmetic CEREC® Same Day Crown service. We offer technologically advanced treatments that aren’t available at most other practices and EVERYONE is a suitable candidate for this same day service.