A crown repairs or strengthens a heavily damaged or broken tooth, giving it the shape and aesthetics of your natural tooth

Strengthen and Repair Damaged Teeth

A crown can be required for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, a tooth that has a large filling, or has sustained a fracture will need a crown.

In these instances, a crown is required to maintain the structural and functional integrity of the tooth. Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy require a crown for the same reasons. Teeth are also crowned to improve aesthetics.


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There are three main types of crown:

The first type of crown is made entirely of gold. For cosmetic reasons, this is usually placed on back teeth.

A second type has a layer of tooth-coloured porcelain covering a metal crown, improving the look of the tooth while maintaining strength. We call them Porcelain Bonded Crowns, or Bonded Crowns for short.  These can be placed on front or back teeth.

A third kind of crown will be made entirely of a ceramic material, similar to but much stronger than porcelain. Cosmetically, these are the most appealing and the majority of our crowns are now ceramic crowns. Advances in ceramic technology, and in the cements used to glue the crown in place now mean that we have to cut less healthy tooth material away whilst making them, which is much better for the tooth.

Each type of crown has different advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist can help you decide which will best suit your needs.

Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and fit a crown. During the first visit, the tooth is shaped to allow room for the thickness of the crown. A temporary crown is worn while the new one is being made. An impression or digital scan is taken of your tooth, and a comfortable temporary crown is made for you to wear whilst our expert technicians custom make your new crown.

At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. It’s checked for fit and aesthetics – and then your new crown is bonded onto your tooth.

A crown is the most reliable and predictable way of restoring strength to a weak tooth. The new crown can look, feel and function just like any of your natural teeth.

Ceramic crowns may also be the best way to improve the look of your teeth. Ask your dentist if crowns could help restore and protect your teeth, as well as improve your smile.

York Place Dental in Carlisle offer crowns to replace, repair and strengthen damaged teeth.

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