A dental crown is the best way to restore teeth that have been weakened by significant decay, a very large filling or root canal treatment. The crown sits over your tooth like a ‘cap’. Crowns can improve the strength and prolong the lifespan of your teeth.
At Alan Wilson Dentistry we use an in-house milling machine to produce your crowns. This state-of-the-art equipment enables us to take a 3D image of your teeth and design an instant crown on a computer screen, which can then be milled and fitted all within the same appointment. You won’t have to worry about your temporary crown falling out as you won’t have one! Crowns are colour matched to blend with your existing teeth.
Once in place you shouldn’t feel any difference in your mouth. You’ll be able to eat, drink and speak as normal from day 1.
What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over or ‘caps’ your tooth. Crowns are used to restore the shape of a tooth that has suffered major damage or decay. Your dentist will fit a crown to save and strengthen the remaining healthy section of tooth, and to restore its function.
How is a crown attached to the tooth?
We use a special long lasting and hard wearing dental cement to fix the crown to the tooth.
How long do crowns last?
Depending on how well you look after your crowns, they can last between 10 and 20 years. It is very important that you maintain a good dental hygiene routine, with regular brushing and flossing around the crowned tooth. Your dentist will advise you on how best to care for your teeth.
Is having a crown fitted painful?
If you are having a crown fitted, we will use a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth, so the procedure should be pain-free. You may feel some discomfort once the anaesthetic has worn off, but this should be minimal. As with all our treatments at Alan Wilson Dentistry, we do our best to minimise any pain and make you as comfortable as possible during and after your treatment.
Is it safe to have a crown fitted during pregnancy?
Yes, the material we use and the treatment process are safe for pregnant women. If you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss these with your dentist.
How much do crowns cost?
Standard – £700
Advanced – £825
Premium – £950