A dental crown is a dental restoration used to give strength to an existing tooth that has been damaged or broken. At Wayside Dental Practice, we use dental crowns to treat a range of dental issues, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Old fillings in need of replacement
- Weakened teeth
We also use crowns to strengthen teeth following root canal procedures.
What are dental crowns made of?
Most dental crowns are made from porcelain bonded to a precious metal base. However, at Wayside Dental Practice, we also provide crowns that are made completely from porcelain. These are not as strong as metal crowns, but they provide a natural aesthetic, so we tend to use them for restorations on the front teeth.
Crowns can be made from other materials such as precious metal, glass and porcelain with composite. The right material for your crown depends on the condition of your tooth as well as your own preference, and will be discussed during your consultation.
How long does it take to fit a crown?
Typically, crown treatment is carried out over two sessions. The first session involves shaping the tooth and taking impressions to create your custom-made crown. We will provide you with a temporary crown until the second session, in which your permanent one will be placed.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, your dental crown will last for several years. Our dental hygienist can advise you on the best ways to make sure your mouth healthy.
If you’re located in Harpenden/St Albans area and think you may require a dental crown, call us today on 01582 712 470