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Dental crowns FAQs for The Park Practice Glasgow West End Kelvingrove

Q.What is a crown?

A. A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes also known as a ‘cap’.

Q.Why would I need a crown?

A. Crowns are the ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or large fillings. A crown can also improve the appearance of teeth which have discoloured fillings. Crowns also help to hold bridges or dentures firmly in place.

Q.How long does the treatment take?

A. You will need to have at least two visits: the first for the preparation, impression, shade-taking and fitting the temporary crown; and the second to fit the permanent crown. There will usually be about one to two weeks between appointments.

Q.Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?

A. No. A local anaesthetic is used and the preparation should feel no different from a filling. If the tooth does not have a nerve, and a post crown is being prepared, then a local anaesthetic may not be needed.

Q.Will the crown be noticeable?

A. The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible. The shade of the neighbouring teeth will be recorded, to make sure that the colour looks natural and matches the surrounding teeth.

Q.Will the crown feel different?

A. Because the shape of the crown will be slightly different from the shape of your tooth before it was crowned, you may be aware of it to begin with. Within a few days it should feel fine, and you will not notice it. The crown may need some adjustment if your bite does not feel comfortable, and if this is the case, you should ask your dentist to check and adjust it.

Q.How long will the crown last?

Properly cared for crowns should last for many years. Your dentist will be able to tell you how long the crown may be expected to last.

Make an appointment:

Email us enquiries@parkpracticehealth.co.uk          Call us 0141 334 1211

A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over part of a tooth

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