Teeth Whitening

What are crowns and why are they needed?

If your tooth has been broken or weakened by a lot of decay or a large filling, you can have a crown fitted to strengthen it and improve its appearance. Crowns are made of porcelain, gold or a combination of metal covered with tooth-coloured porcelain. They are shaped like natural teeth and fit over your existing tooth.

What is the procedure?

Your dentist will give you an injection of local anaesthetic. He or she will prepare and shape your tooth so that there is room for the new crown. Depending on the amount of damage to your tooth, your dentist may need to fill it first. Once your tooth has been prepared, a mould is taken so that a dental technician can make a crown to fit your tooth exactly.

It may take one or two weeks for your crown to be made, so in the meantime your dentist will fit a temporary one. The temporary crown won’t be as strong as your permanent one, but you will be able to chew as usual. You will have a second appointment when your dentist will take off the temporary crown and cement the new, permanent one in place.

After the procedure, it may take several hours before the feeling comes back into the treated area of your mouth. Take special care not to bump or knock your mouth or bite your tongue, particularly when you're speaking, drinking or eating.