Natural looking protection for damaged teeth

If unsightly teeth are spoiling your smile, a crown offers a neat and natural looking cover, fitting completely over the whole tooth. Crowns are commonly used to repair damage that has affected the structure and functionality of a tooth, and are a full rebuild for teeth that need an overall restoration. For teeth that have had multiple fillings, extensive decay or suffered general damage, a crown is the way forward.

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What can crowns be used for?

Crowns can be used in a variety of ways, including to:

  • Straighten teeth
  • Close gaps
  • Mask discoloured teeth
  • Repair broken teeth
  • Restore worn teeth
  • Strengthen teeth
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What does the treatment involve?

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Initially, we ensure the internal structure of the affected tooth is intact, making sure there are no signs of infection.

We remove a layer of tooth structure to accommodate your crown, but leave a strong core. We take digital impressions of your prepared tooth, and make a note of the colour for your new crown.

We fit a temporary crown into place so your prepared tooth is protected between appointments and while the final one is being created.

When your custom made crown is ready, we remove the temporary one and fit the final one in place using strong dental cement.

Frequently asked questions

  • We use dental crowns made from porcelain and zirconia, types of tooth coloured ceramic material. We bond tooth coloured porcelain to precious metal to create an extremely strong and durable crown with a very cosmetic look, and no metal visible at all. Zirconia crowns are incredibly strong and aesthetic, using only tooth coloured materials in their creation. We are happy to talk to you about your options for your crown.

  • With the right care, your dental crown can last for around 15 years without issue. If it chips or becomes damaged, it can be replaced easily.

  • Crowns are made of materials that do not deteriorate over time, but the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease. Therefore, it is important to keep up with an excellent brushing and flossing routine, keeping your mouth healthy and your crown trouble-free. The most vulnerable portion of the crown is the margin between tooth and crown, so this needs particular attention when brushing. Make sure you have regular check ups with your dentist so they can spot any problems and recommend treatment if necessary.

  • Matching a crown perfectly is very hard, but we use state-of-the-art technology and the latest digital techniques to match the shade of your new crown to your existing natural teeth. Our custom shade selection ensures the results are beyond your expectations, and the final result is a beautiful restoration that blends seamlessly into your smile.

  • Yes, your crown will be tooth coloured and look like your natural teeth. We carefully match the shade of your crown to your existing teeth so it blends beautifully into your smile and can’t be distinguished from your natural teeth. If aesthetics are particularly important to you, we can use an all ceramic crown.

  • The cost of your crown depends on the amount of clinical time, laboratory time and materials/equipment used. We use high quality labs in Dundee, Glasgow and Crieff to get the best result for you. We will be able to give you an expected cost at your first appointment.

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