A crown is used to protect teeth that have been damaged by decay, infection or injury, restoring their strength, appearance, and function.
They are often used to restore a tooth that is too damaged to support a filling — one that has undergone an intensive root canal treatment, for example.
Crowns are also used to anchor a dental bridge, cover a dental implant, and improve the cosmetic appearance of a misshapen or discoloured tooth.
Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. Porcelain crowns are popular because they match the colour of your natural teeth.
A dental crown is custom-made to fit over the affected tooth. The process requires 2 appointments. First, your dentist will reshape your tooth under a local anaesthetic and take an impression of it, which will be used to produce your crown. They may also fit a temporary crown to protect the exposed tooth.
At the second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed. Your permanent crown will be checked to make sure it is comfortable and matches the shade of your natural teeth before being sealed in place.
To increase the longevity of your dental crown, practise good oral hygiene habits at home and attend regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments.
Dental Practices across the UK were allowed to open their doors to patients on the 8th June and we are pleased to announce The Rightwell East Dental Practice is open to offer a limited range of dental treatments.
The treatments available depend on the official advice of the Government and Chief Dental Officer for England.
Prioritising patients in need
The Rightwell East Dental practice is open to see patients, however, due to strict social distancing protocols and limitations of PPE, we are only able to see emergency patients who have been phone triaged by our team. People in the greatest need of seeing a dentist will be seen first and we will prioritise all emergency appointments before any routine appointments are made.
Please do not visit the practice without a pre-arranged appointment, as you will not be seen. In the interest of safety to our staff and other patients, only patients that have been triaged on the telephone will be offered an appointment to attend the practice.
If you have a routine appointment scheduled at the practice in the future please call us on 01733 333990 prior to attending as this may have to be rescheduled in line with government guidance.
Speak to us if you need support
Please continue to call us for advice about any dental issues. Our teams are always available to offer you support by phone and will advise when you may be able to be seen if you are in pain.
Protective measures in practice
Our first priority is always the wellbeing of our patients and colleagues. We have made some changes in our practices to ensure your safety. Our reception team will explain these to you when the appointment is made.