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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that dentists fit over the damaged, misshapen, or discoloured teeth to improve their function and appearance.

Crowns have many uses, both restorative and cosmetic. These include the provision of additional support for a bridge, protecting a tooth that has become severely damaged through injury, decay, or infection, and attachment to a dental implant.

Crowns are available in a range of materials, with different benefits and price points. The material you use for your crown may depend on its placement in your mouth. Ceramic crowns are placed toward the front of the mouth because they blend seamlessly with your natural tooth colour. Metal crowns are typically placed toward the back of the mouth because they are durable and can withstand the biting and chewing required by the molars.

Your dentist will file your natural tooth down under a local anaesthetic. Then they will take an impression to custom-make your permanent crown, before attaching a temporary crown for you to wear in the meantime.

Once your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and fix your permanent crown in place with a special adhesive.

If you would like to discuss dental crowns with your dentist, call us on 020 8224 7562 to book a consultation.


CEREC® is a ceramic reconstruction system that allows your dentist to design and produce high-quality ceramic dental restorations in a single visit.

The CEREC® system takes a precise 3D scan of your mouth and sends this image to a milling machine, which then produces an accurate ceramic onlay, inlay, crownveneer, or bridge that your dentist can fit immediately.

The high-grade porcelain restorations we can develop with CEREC® technology are incredibly durable, ensuring a long-lasting solution to tooth repair. The best part is, we can fully manufacture a CEREC® restoration while you are still in the dentist’s chair, allowing us to complete the entire process during one appointment.

If you need restorative treatment and you’re looking for exceptional quality and remarkable speed, call us on 020 8224 7562 and ask us about CEREC®.

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