An aesthetic protective cover for damaged teeth

Crowns offer a natural-coloured way to cover up unsightly teeth and protect them from further damage.

They slot neatly over a tooth to conceal chips, discolouration or extensive fillings, and can also be used on teeth that have had root canal treatment. They can also support a bridge or be fixed to a dental implant for a highly aesthetic finish.

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Why do I need a crown?

Crowns are highly durable restorations. As well as improving the appearance of a tooth, they offer excellent protection for broken or heavily filled teeth and provide complete coverage.

As they replace the whole outside structure of the tooth, they are a full rebuild for teeth that need this. We offer a variety of crowns including gold for durability and biocompatibility and porcelain for natural looking restoration.

What does the treatment involve?

At Wigston Dental, we care about helping every patient achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

We remove a layer of your tooth so your crown can be accommodated. Your tooth will also be given a slightly tapered shape to improve the crown’s stability when fixed in position.

We take an impression of the affected tooth and its neighbours and record their colour so your crown can be made to blend perfectly with your smile. The impression is sent to a laboratory where your crown is accurately made.

While you wait for your new crown to be ready, we protect your prepared tooth with a temporary restoration.

When it is ready, your crown is checked for fit and appearance and finally cemented into place.

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Frequently asked questions
1 How do I look after my crown?

The best way to look after your crown is to stay on top of excellent oral hygiene. Even though it is resistant to decay, the underlying tooth can still be vulnerable where the crown meets the gum line. That’s why it is important to brush and floss twice a day. You will also need to see us regularly so we can continue to monitor your crown and the tooth underneath.

2 Are tooth crowns permanent?

Tooth crowns are not permanent, and will need replacing or repairing at some point. The treatment process is irreversible as some of your natural dental enamel is removed in order to accommodate the crown on top, so you will always need a crown on your tooth. Most crowns last for up to 10-15 years before natural wear and tear will likely cause the need for removal and replacement.

3 Is getting a crown painful?

We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area before preparing your tooth for a crown, and fitting the crown itself, to make sure you won’t feel any pain. We take the time to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable before beginning any treatment. Many patients find that having a crown is no more uncomfortable than a filling.

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