The University Dental and Implant Centre
The University Dental and Implant Centre
5 Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2QU
Tel: 0121 687 8882 • Fax: 0121 687 8883

Crowns

You may need a crown if you

  • have worn fillings
  • cracked a tooth
  • have a failing crown
  • have a large cavity
  • after root canal treatment

A crown will strengthen and protect a tooth whereas a filling doesn’t. You have a choice of materials when you have a crown:

  • Porcelain (white) crowns, offers great cosmetics and a natural look
  • Gold for maximum strength (usually for back teeth)

Your dentist will discuss the options in your case.


What does the procedure involve?

  • There are 2 visits – one for preparation and one for fitting; the preparation visit is the longer one
  • The treatment is done under a local anaesthetic and is painless
  • The tooth to be crowned is shaped at the prep visit
  • An impression is taken and a temporary crown provided which covers up the tooth
  • The impression is used by the lab to make a plaster model
  • The final crown is constructed on the plaster model
  • The final crown is fitted at the shorter fitting visit, usually 2 weeks after prep

The animation below shows the procedure to attach a crown to a broken front tooth:

Animation of the procedure to attach a crown to a broken front tooth
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