Crowns are usually needed if you have a damaged or weakened tooth that can’t be fixed with a filling. Sometimes people have crowns for cosmetic reasons, but they’re mainly due to a lack of remaining tooth structure.

Most commonly, this is because a tooth has had a large filling, sustained a fracture or has become weaker due to root canal treatment.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over your tooth. It’s a permanent solution, and once it’s fixed in place, a crown should look, feel and function just like any other tooth.

How do you know if you need a dental crown?

You may need a dental crown if you experience any of the following symptoms. Your dentist will assess your mouth and advise if a crown is suitable, or recommend alternative treatment.

As well as the above, dental crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant and keep a bridge in place.

What are the benefits of having a dental crown fitted?

A crown can help support a tooth with a weakened structure or significant damage, and prevent further decay, preserving your natural tooth for the future. Crowns can also improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped or stained, restoring the tooth to its usual shape and colour.

As long as you take proper care of your teeth, a dental crown can last for years. Your dentist will advise you on how long you can expect your crown to last and how to maintain it.

Dental crown procedure: what's involved?

What are tooth crowns made from?

Depending on which part of your mouth your crown is fitted, tooth caps (crowns) can be made from one or a combination of the following materials.

If you need a crown, your dentist will talk you through all your options, so you can make a decision that’s right for you.

What happens after you have a crown fitted?

After having a crown fitted you may experience some discomfort. The tooth may feel strange and sensitive at first, but this is normal, and will settle in two or three days. There may be some soreness around the gum; but careful brushing will allow the gum to restore to a healthy, pink condition.

What are the alternatives to crowns?

If your dentist doesn’t think you’re suitable for a crown, they may recommend one of the following options:

  • Veneers - A dental veneer is a thin moulding, custom-made from porcelain, and bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They’re a quick and effective treatment for chipped, discoloured, misshapen or crooked teeth.
  • Fillings - Fillings are used to fill cavities that have formed in your teeth. They help to stop toothache and prevent further decay. There are different types of fillings but the most common are amalgam (metal), and composite, which matches the colour of your teeth.

Your dentist will be able to advise which treatment is right for you. This will depend on the extent of the damage to your teeth and which teeth are affected. Your local Bupa Dental Care dentist will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Contact your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice

If you think you might need a crown, or are looking to restore your smile, get in touch with your local Bupa Dental Care practice today.

Other ways to restore damaged teeth

Your dentist may recommend a different treatment if a crown isn’t right for you.

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