Dental Crowns

 Crowns can make a major difference to your smile and your appearance.

What are crowns?

Crowns are artificial tooth-shaped ‘caps’ that are placed on top of a tooth, restoring its strength, size and shape and making it appear natural.

When are crowns necessary?

  • Crowns are used to repair neglected, damaged, weakened or broken teeth.
  • They are the best solution if you’re missing part of a tooth as opposed to a whole tooth.
  • To cover a tooth with a large filling (in particular, one where there isn’t much tooth left).
  • Used to conceal a discolored or misshapen tooth.
  • When there is a need for cosmetic alterations.

 What are the benefits of crowns?

  • More natural-looking teeth.
  • More aesthetic-looking teeth.
  • Crowns are a long-term solution and will last a long time if you look after them.

What are crowns made of?

Crowns are made from a variety of metals. However, our dentists here in Lyme Regis recommend porcelain over metal as these are more durable and natural-looking, blending in well with your other teeth.

What does the procedure involve?

  • Your dentist at Lyme Bay will shape your tooth so that it corresponds with the correct internal dimensions.
  • Now your tooth is shaped, our team will make a bespoke impression of the prepared tooth and opposite jaw.
  • The Lyme Bay dental technician will cast and s can your models and carefully manufacturer your new crown or bridge.
  • You’ll have a temporary crown (made of plastic) to wear whilst our dental technician makes your final crown, made at the preparation appointment.
  • 2-3 weeks later, your crown is ready to be fitted. We will check in order to make sure it’s a perfect fit. It will then be cemented into place.

Benefits

Natural looking teeth
Protection of weakened teeth
Improved cosmetic appearance
Can reduce the risk of decayed or heavily restored teeth breaking