A good crown can preserve the life of a tooth that would otherwise die and have to be removed.  

Crowns are great for both strengthening teeth and improving how a tooth looks. A crown is especially good for a tooth that:

  • Has been heavily filled
  • Is cracked
  • Has lost a corner

A crown strengthens a tooth in much the same way as a band of metal placed around the centre of a barrel.  They can also be useful for minor tooth positioning changes and for improving a patient’s bite.

Everyone always has plenty of questions when it comes to crowns which we’ve done our best to answer below.

We are so confident in Charlies ability to perform this treatment and that our crowns will be a success for you, that we offer a 5 year guarantee on all of our crowns. We guarantee this won’t be beaten anywhere else!

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Questions About Crowns

Crowns are incredibly useful for preserving the life of heavily filled, cracked or damaged teeth, but fitting them does involve cutting away healthy tooth tissue and is therefore quite an invasive treatment. Once a crown has been fitted, it will always lead to another crown. Nowadays, we try to consider fitting a porcelain onlay rather than a crown if we can.
With the new materials that are now available for making them, a good crown can last between 15 to 20 years.

Once we have decided that a crown is the best way forward, we will make an impression of your tooth and fit it with a temporary plastic crown. The impression is then sent away to a technician who makes your crown. On your next visit we glue your permanent crown into place, strengthening your tooth and making it look great.
At Hartley Dental the cost of a crown starts from £700. We use the best technicians available, the highest quality materials and our crowns look incredibly natural and beautiful. Money spent on a well made crown is a great investment as it will keep your tooth healthy for another 15 to 20 years.
Because we are so confident of the quality of our work, we offer all our clients a five year guarantee on the work they have carried out at our surgery. This means that if (within five years of being treated) something happens to, for example, a crown we have fitted, we will replace that crown free of charge. Terms and conditions apply of course: you have to pop in for regular check ups and we definitely won’t replace your crown if we find you’ve been using it to open beer bottles!
We always ensure the appointment lengths suit the complexity of your case. Generally speaking the fitting of a single crown will take 30 minutes, with about an hour for the preparation and impressions beforehand.

What kind of crowns are available?

Crowns used to be limited to just porcelain and bonded crowns, but now, thanks to the development of superb new materials, there are lots of new options to consider.

New types of crown

a) Zirconia crowns

One of the drawbacks of traditional porcelain crowns is their relative lack of strength – they look good, but they are fragile.  However, thanks to advances in Cad Cam (Computer aided design and manufacturing), a new material called super zirconia has been created.  Zirconia is an ultra strong ceramic material.  Using Zirconia you can make all ceramic crowns which are strong enough even to go on your back teeth.  You could even stand on a Zirconia crown and it still wouldn’t break.

And not only are they strong, but Zirconia crowns are also very beautiful.  As well as being perfect for whiter than white teeth, Zirconia can also be dyed to blend in perfectly with any natural tooth colour.

b) Dentine bonded crowns

This is an all-ceramic crown that is wrapped around the entire tooth like a veneer.  Due to modern adhesive technologies, this type of crown is incredibly strong.  A dentine bonded crown is a particularly good option for a small tooth as you don’t have to chop away a lot of the natural tooth in order to fit the crown.  They can also look really natural and beautiful.

There are two very slight drawbacks to dentine-bonded crowns:

  • This type of crown needs a very skilled technician to make it (like the technicians used by Hartley Dental);
  • They cannot be used to hide tooth defects or mask discoloured teeth.

Traditional crowns

a) Bonded jacket (porcelain fused to metal) crowns

Bonded jacket crowns have been in use for many years and still work well in many situations.  However, they can give a slightly grey gum line because of the metal underneath the porcelain.  Nowadays, this can be improved by using a ceramic crown which diffuses, reflects and refracts light in a similar way to natural tooth material.

(Note on allergies: we use the highest grade materials in all our treatments.  We avoid any problems with allergies by ensuring that we never use cheap metal alloys containing nickel.)

b) Traditional bonded crowns

These are a good option for back teeth.  They look reasonably good, most technicians can make them and they are very strong.

c) Gold crowns

Gold crowns last longer than any other type of crown.  They also require less tooth to be removed when they are fitted than other crowns.  They are incredibly strong (because they are made from a single piece casting) and so they don’t chip like a porcelain crown can.  Gold crowns are even stronger now they can be fixed in place with new high tech adhesive cements.

If you would like to know more about the type of crown that would be most suitable for you and your particular situation, please do get in touchwith one of our friendly staff.  We’d be delighted to advise you on how best to conserve your teeth.

“I would highly recommend Hartley Dental, in fact, I was so impressed that I made appointments for my husband and our children. Thanks again for a great service.”

Jana, October 10th 2015

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