Crowns are whole tooth restorations that completely cover damaged teeth or dental implants.
A crown is usually made of porcelain or gold and is used to cover the whole tooth to help protect and strengthen it.
What is it?
If you need a crown for a tooth at the front of your mouth, your dentist will match the existing colour of your teeth with a porcelain tooth. Your dentist will discuss all of the options available to you, because each case is unique.
Between the stages of preparing a tooth for a crown and placement of the final crown, a temporary crown is cemented onto your tooth to protect it.
You need to know
- At least 2 appointments
- At the first consultation visit the dentist will explain the procedure, gather records, and prepare and take a record of your tooth
- At the second visit the crown will be fitted onto your tooth
- Further appointments may be needed to check the fit of the crown and make any adjustments
How long does it take?
- The preparation of the tooth will usually take around 60 to 90 minutes.
- The fitting of a crown will usually take around 30 to 60 minutes
You may be asked about
- Your dental history and medical history
Before your appointment
- No special preparation needed
After your appointment
- Avoid drinking hot liquids and eating hard foods for the first few hours after the procedure
- If you’re experiencing tooth pain, discomfort or sensitivity you can take pain relief medication or sensitivity toothpaste
For temporary crowns
- Eat and brush your teeth as normal
- Don’t eat chewy or hard food
- Try to chew food on the opposite side of the mouth while you have the temporary crown
- Avoid flossing next to the temporary crown
With good oral hygiene and care, crowns can last as long as 15 years. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and dental hygienist.