Damaged teeth – What are my options?

Damaged teeth can be detrimental to your smile – finding the best solution for this can be challenging.

However, dentists recommend a dental crown as the best solution to rebuilding your smile.

What are Dental Crowns?

Crowns are a cap placed over a prepared tooth, giving it strength and shape.

The restoration is usually done when you have either:

  • Lost teeth
  • To hold a bridge in position
  • Decayed teeth
  • An extensive metal filling which you want to disguise
  • To cover a root filling
  • Cosmetic reasons

The materials used vary with your dentist; most are made of metal and porcelain to differing degrees as this is the most robust material. Read more.

You will need to discuss with your dentist what they intend to use. But other products are on the market, including ceramics, gold and silver coloured with alloy components.

Patient before and after crown treatment from a dental clinic located in London

The Procedure for Dental Crowns

The process will involve two visits to your dentist for the treatment, the first being approximately an hour and the second 30-45 minutes. See more.

During this time, your tooth will be prepared, and the crown made. The crown is expected to last for at least 10 years. Usually, they are replaced only due to wear and tear, actual damage, i.e. cracked or as a cosmetic upgrade. So how long do crowns last?

You will have discussed the procedure with your dentist, know what to expect, and have been given a printout of the crown’s finances.

  1. You will attend your first visit, discussing the crown’s colour to your satisfaction.
  2. You will be given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area.
  3. You will have the tooth prepared for the crown, the crown will be made to fit in with your bite, and the size will remain the same.
  4. An impression will be taken of your teeth/tooth to create your crown.
  5. A temporary crown will be fitted until your second appointment.
  6. You will return for the permanent crown fitting, which will be secured in place with a dental adhesive.
  7. Your bite will be checked to ensure it is comfortable; you will be asked to go home and return if you do not feel the bite is correct; your dentist will adjust it accordingly.