A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth. It restores the shape of the natural tooth and provides strength to the remaining tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.
Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
A crown is often used to protect a tooth that has been root filled, and can also improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth.
A veneer is a thin slice of porcelain bonded to the front surface of a tooth. It is designed to camouflage the underlying tooth and allow us to make changes to the size, shape , orientation or colour.
Veneers can be used in the following situations:
o Straighten crooked teeth
o Close unsightly gaps
o Restore chipped/worn teeth
o Mask discolouration
For crowns, this involves preparing some of the outer surface of the tooth, and leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.
In the case of veneers, usually, some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth must be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size.
Once the tooth is shaped, an impression (mould) is taken of the prepared tooth and sent to a dental technician who will manufacture the restoration to the ideal size, shape and colour.
In the interim, a temporary crown/veneer is placed over the tooth. The crown/veneer is finally fitted or bonded to the tooth with a very strong cement.
The procedure usually takes less than an hour. The manufacturing process takes around 10 working days, and the final fitting takes less than 30 minutes.
Current clinical research suggests that crowns and veneers made using modern materials can last at least 10-15 years, and even longer depending on diet, lifestyle and oral hygiene practices.
The cost of a crown or veneer depends on the material chosen for the purpose.
At The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic, our policy is to only fit restorations made of the most superior dental ceramic currently available on the market, and will not compromise on strength or aesthetics. Therefore the cost of our crowns and veneers starts from £500.