About this treatment

Crowns are used to repair heavily fluted or broken teeth. They can also be used to re-align teeth and straighten your smile. Here at City Centre Dental & Implant Clinic in Manchester, dental crowns come in various forms which will be dictated by your treatment need and it is now possible to use all-ceramic crowns with a lovely natural translucent appearance.

Before any treatment is undertaken, we will hold an initial consultation to ensure you are fully aware of the process so that you are comfortable with what to expect.

Key facts about crowns

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    You may need a crown if there is no longer enough healthy tooth left to sufficiently hold a filling. They can also be used to cover and protect damaged or weak teeth, acting as a protective sleeve which fits over your remaining tooth, improving the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth. A crown may also be placed as the final stage following root canal treatment, as this has proven to be the most successful way of sealing and protecting the tooth.

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    In most cases we will take a digital scan of the tooth to maximise accuracy and mitigate discomfort by eliminating the need for impressions to be taken. The scan is then sent to our state-of-the-art digital laboratory where our team of technicians use sophisticated computers to design your custom crown. These computers will then craft, mill and colour the crown to match the adjacent teeth for a natural and healthy look. Treatment is usually provided over two visits and a temporary crown is worn to protect the tooth for around two weeks while your new long-term crown is made.

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    A permanent crown can last between 5 and 15 years, depending on aftercare, lifestyle and oral care routine. Teeth grinding can put pressure on a crown, leading to cracks and possible damage. If you know that you suffer from clenching or grinding, speak to your City Centre Dental & Implant Clinic dentist for advice and possible solutions (such as a mouthguard) to help protect your crown. Regular visits to us help with maintaining your oral health regime, including flossing or using interdental brushes will prolong the life of your crown.