Restore, repair and replace teeth with crowns
Crowns offer a natural-looking restoration for problems such as chips, cracks, decay, discolouration and large fillings. Also known as caps, crowns fit over the prepared tooth. Crowns can also be fitted to dental implants, replacing missing teeth. Made from ceramic, crowns can be matched to blend your natural teeth.
We’ve invested in a state-of-the-art CEREC milling machine which allows us to design, make and fit crowns all in one day.
How it works
- Our first step is to prepare the tooth that you wish to be restored. Using local anaesthetic, we first numb the area before removing the outer layer of enamel to accommodate the crown.
- Once cleaned and dried, we then use a 3D intra-oral camera to scan the prepared tooth. These digital impressions are sent to the milling machine.
- We select a block of ceramic that matches your natural tooth. The milling machine then carves your crown from this block. Once finished, we polish the crown to make it appear exactly like a tooth.
- The CEREC crown is then bonded to the prepared tooth with dental cement. All in a day’s work.
Looking after your crown
The best way to care for your crown is to stay on top of your oral hygiene – this means keeping your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice day and flossing between your teeth. You also need to see your dentist regularly for check-ups so they can keep an eye on your crown and the tooth underneath.
A crown protects a tooth from decay, but not where it meets the gum, and it does not guard against gum disease, so it’s important to keep the area clean and free from bacteria.