Dental Crown

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Crowns are fitted when a tooth is badly damaged or a root canal filling is in place or when you have dental implants. The crown is created in a laboratory after the dentist has prepared and taken an impression of the problem tooth. They are available in the following materials and we will advise you of all the options during your appointment:

  1. Porcelain - Tooth coloured, all porcelain for the front teeth.
  2. Porcelain bonded to a special dental alloy containing gold - a stronger alternative for back teeth.
  3. Dental alloy containing gold - suitable for back teeth where they need to be strong enough to withstand biting pressures. Gold/alloy crowns are probably the most durable option, but can be cosmetically unappealing.

Please give us a call or pop in ( We are based in West Malling, Kent) if you want any advice on porcelain crowns.

Dental Crowns and Onlays

You will need to have at least two appointments if you are to have a crown fitted.

Appointment 1

Tooth preparation, impression, temporary crown.

  1. You will be given a local anaesthetic around the working area before preparing the tooth.
  2. For the crown to work effectively the tooth will need to be reduced in size and shaped to both support the crown and to make sure it doesn't protrude.
  3. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression and a colour match from surrounding teeth. The crown will then be made in the laboratory by a specialist dental technician.
  4. A temporary crown will be cemented into place ready for you second appointment.

Appointment 2

Cementing the permanent crown into place.

  1. You may be given another anaesthetic to numb the area and then the dentist will remove the temporary crown.
  2. Once you and the dentist are happy with the fit and positioning of the crown, it will be cemented into place.
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Faq's about Dental Crown

When do you need a dental crown?

If a tooth is weakened or cracked through previous tooth decay.

How much does a dental crown cost?

Please refer to our price list page.

So you have to remove much of my own tooth substance?

No, we remove as little as possible of you original tooth substance, with veneers we can sometimes do virtually no drilling at all and place an eggshell veneer or porcelain over the existing teeth.

Is the dental crown treatment painful?

No, we use high intensity short acting local anaesthetics when needed. Rarely a tooth with deep decay can need a root filling.

So you need to root fill crowned teeth?

Any tooth can need root filling, even if crowned. This is only done if it is really necessary.

Practice opening hours

  • Mon, Thurs 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
  • Tues, Wed 8.30 am to 7.00 pm
  • Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

23-27 Swan Street
West Malling
ME19 6JU

Telephone: 01732 842 439


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