What is a Dental Crown? - Wayside Dental Practice
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Protecting your teeth from further damage, and to improve your smile

A dental crown is essentially a tooth shaped cap fitted over a damaged tooth which has been prepared so the cap fits exactly. It is a very reliable and hard wearing dental restoration. A crown is used to cover, protect and help restore the shape of your tooth when a filling will not solve the problem. At Wayside we provide dental crown treatment for patients in Harpenden, St Albans, and all over Hertfordshire, using only the best quality components.

We will fully assess your teeth and present the most appropriate treatment options, explaining the benefits and risks of each type of restoration and alternatives. Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials including metal alloy, fused metal and porcelain and entirely porcelain.



Crowns can be fitted on the same day

It can take two appointments to prepare and cement a crown. However, we can now make same-day crowns on site so you can have the fit appointment on the same day as the preparation. We do this using CAD/CAM technology.

Using the data gathered from an intra oral scan, we can design your crown on powerful computer software and send the files to our on site milling machine, for our patients in Harpenden, St Albans, and all over Hertfordshire


Frequently Asked Questions about Crowns

What is the procedure for fitting a crown?

At the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared to ensure a crown can fit snugly and securely onto it. The prepared tooth is then scanned and this scan is either sent to a dental laboratory, or to our own design software if the crown is being made by us.
If your crown is being made off site, your dentist will make a temporary crown and you will return 2 weeks’ later for the final crown fit. Sometimes you might visit the laboratory if the crown is on a front tooth. If you are having a same day crown, you will return that day for a 20-minute appointment when your final crown will be fitted.

When would you require a dental crown?

Most commonly, a crown can be required for the following of reasons.

· A tooth that has a large filling or has sustained a fracture will need a crown. In these instances, a crown is required to maintain the structural and functional integrity of the tooth
· Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy also require a crown for the same reasons
· Teeth are also crowned to improve aesthetics
· Protecting weak teeth
· Restoring a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

A crown is the most reliable and predictable way of restoring strength to a weak tooth. The new crown will look, feel and function just like any of your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns may also be the best way to improve the look of your teeth. Ask your dentist if crowns could help restore and protect your teeth, as well as improve your smile.

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