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Crowns are a conventional treatment at our Maidstone and Chatham clinics, providing a durable tooth repair solution for our patients.

A crown, which is also known as a cap, is placed over a tooth to make it stronger, restore its shape, maintain the size and make it look better. This restorative solution is also a suitable way to fix implants and is often combined with fillings and bridges.

Why would a dental crown need to be used?

There are a wide variety of reasons a dental crown would need to be used including, but not limited to:

  • Providing protection for a tooth that has been weakened through injury or tooth decay.
  • To strengthen and hold together the remnants of a cracked tooth.
  • To provide extra strength to a tooth containing a large filling when necessary.
  • To anchor a dental bridge.
  • To improve the aesthetics of a tooth that is discoloured or misshapen.
  • As part of a root canal treatment.
  • As part of a dental implant treatment.

What are dental crowns made from?

With dental technology advancing at great speed over recent years, there is now a wide variety of materials which can be used to manufacture dental crowns. Each differs in its respective advantages.

100% Porcelain, Metal Free Crowns

100% porcelain crowns are natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing. Whereas metal bonded crowns can reveal a darkened gum line, 100% porcelain crowns retain their natural colour. They are created to match the shade of your current teeth, so not only are they suitable for people with metal allergies, but they look natural too.

Gold crowns

Gold crowns offer an attractive alternative to a natural-looking tooth. They are the strongest type of crown and resist chipping and wear extremely well. Gold crowns can also be fitted with a high level of precision as gold is easy to work with.

Porcelain crowns bonded to metal

The porcelain casing can be bonded to metal to provide it with extra strength. It can also be matched to your natural tooth colour and look aesthetically pleasing. However, a darkened gum line will still appear where the tooth meets the gum, making them slightly less natural-looking than 100% porcelain crowns.

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