Crowns are "caps" which fit around a tooth and used by a dentist if a tooth has been badly decayed or if there is little tooth is remaining and is needed to hold the tooth together. They may also be indicated if the tooth has fractured or a large filling is too difficult to retain using silver or white fillings.
Gold crowns are provided under the NHS but if you want a tooth coloured crown then this has to be paid for privately.
Commonly Asked Questions
1. What happens when you have a crown?
The dentist will explain it to you but you will likely need anaesthetic. The dentist will then drill around the tooth and take impressions and a record of how you bite.
2. How long will my crown last?
Crowns can last up to 12 years as studies show but again it depends on how well you look after you look after your mouth. We would recommend that you use superfloss to clean around the crown to prevent decay getting under it
3. I am getting discomfort with my crown, can I replace my crown?
This is up to the dentist. If there is decay under the crown then a root canal may be needed if the nerve has died. However if the decay has spread widely then it may be impossible to save the tooth and extraction may the only option. However there are options to replace the tooth such as a denture, implant or bridge