A crown is a popular solution to a badly chipped or decayed tooth when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. It fits over the broken tooth restoring the shape and appearance to create a natural looking smile.

What is a crown?

A crown is a permanent fitting designed to conceal a damaged tooth. At East Belfast Dental Clinic we offer metal; porcelain covered metal; and all-porcelain crowns. Your dentist will talk through the advantages of each material and the suitability to your individual circumstances.

What happens once I’ve decided to go ahead with a crown?

To prepare for a crown, your dentist will take x-rays and impressions to determine the shape and size of the damaged tooth and the surrounding area. These impressions are then used to create a bespoke replacement, carefully designed to replicate the appearance of the original tooth as closely as possible. The crown is permanently attached to the damaged tooth. To fit the crown, your dentist will have to remove some of the surface of the damaged tooth to make space and create an anchor. for the crown and It usually takes around for the lab to create a new crown so, after the impressions are taken, we will fit a temporary restoration so that you can still use the tooth.

How long do crowns normally last?

The majority of crowns last for more than ten years but the lifespan will vary depending on maintenance and care. A crown cannot decay but the weakest point is normally the point at which the crown joins the natural tooth. Like a natural tooth, the crown should be brushed twice a day and flossed regularly.