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Veneers and Crowns

What are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded on to the front side of the teeth so as to make a change in their appearance.  They are often used to improve teeth that are discoloured, worn, chipped, misaligned or slightly spaced.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a restoration that fits over the prepared tooth, protecting it and sometimes helping to hold big fillings in place. It is made to fit each individual and will be as close to the natural tooth in size and shape as possible. They are also known as ‘caps’.

What colour will the crown be?

Depending where in the mouth the crown is required depends on its colour. If the crown is needed on the front teeth it will be made of Porcelain and the colour will be chosen to match as closely to the natural tooth as possible. If the crown is at the back of the mouth it will most likely be Silver, Gold is also an option.

What are the crowns actually made of?

  • Porcelain bonded to precious or non-precious metal: this means the porcelain is connected to a metal base with porcelain layers over it and is therefore very strong.
  • Porcelain crowns: these are made entirely out of Porcelain and although strong, don’t have the same strength as the bonded crowns.
  • All-ceramic crowns: this is a new technique and is metal free. They have the strength of the bonded crowns but have the appearance of the Porcelain.
  • Glass crowns: are natural and can be used on front or back teeth (these are rarely done through our surgery).
  • Gold Alloy crowns: this is a mixture of gold and other alloys to aid in strength. It’s extremely hard wearing and the mix of these alloys means the crown will be either Gold or Silver.

How long will the crown last?

Crowns can last many years, the dentist will be able to give you an idea of time as this is an individual treatment and other factors such as gum health have to be considered. It is important for regular check ups to be kept to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The crown won’t be able to decay but the remaining tooth under it can. It is important to make sure the teeth are being brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to clean in between them with floss or interdental brushes.

How many appointments will be needed?

Most of the time 2 appointments are required. The first is to prepare the tooth, take a couple of impressions and fit the temporary crown. The second is removing the temporary crown and placing the permanent one in with a dental cement. This cement ensures the crown doesn’t move and also helps protect the tooth underneath. Before the crown is cemented the dentist will show you what it looks like in situ to make sure you’re happy with the results.

Will the crown be noticeable?

The crown may feel a little different in your mouth for a few days following the fit. If this doesn’t improve or you feel some pain, don’t hesitate to call in and a review appointment will be made for you.

Does the tooth preparation hurt?

The dentist will administer some local anaesthetic to the area, this will make it seem like no more than a filling. If the tooth has had a root filling this won’t be required as the tooth has no nerve therefore, no feeling.

How much will a crown cost?

The cost of a crown is Band 3 on the NHS. If the type of crown you want isn’t covered by the NHS, the dentist will give you a quote on how much it would be to have it made privately.

Where are crowns made?

Crowns are made in Dental Laboratories in the UK. Once the Crown is completed you will be given a patient statement which shows the name and address of the laboratory and states that the appliance was made in the EU.