Dental crowns or caps are restorations that cover the entire outer surface of the tooth almost like a glove. Crowns are used to rebuild broken or excessively damaged teeth, strengthen teeth and improve cosmetic appearance. Your Nottingham dentist can make crowns from a metal (such as gold), porcelain or ceramic.

Crowns should not be the first treatment of choice just to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, because a dentist needs to grind a significant portion of the original tooth away. After a consultation your Nottingham dentist will advise you on the best restorative treatment.

Less invasive alternatives include veneers or dental bonding. Crowns are required when the strength of the tooth supporting the restoration is compromised since veneers and dental bonding restorations are only as strong at the supporting tooth.

The procedure

The Nottingham dentist will remove any decay and grind the tooth to an appropriate shape under local anaesthesia. The shape given to the tooth is usually tapered to allow the crown to slip over and onto the tooth. The dentist takes an impression (mould) of the tooth using “dental putty” which is then sent to the local Nottingham dental laboratory who fabricates the crown to exactly fit the tooth. This process can take up to 3 weeks. During this time you will be given a temporary crown to wear that is made by your dentist. If your Nottingham dental practice has CEREC technology then a porcelain crown can be fabricated on site within one hour and fitted in the same visit.

When the crown has been fabricated the dentist removes the temporary crown and evaluates if the new crown provides a perfect fit, colour match and aesthetic result before cementing it into place.  A good dental crown will last 10-15 years.

Click here for a list of dentists in Nottingham that offer dental crowns.