Cosmetic Dental Services


Cap it with a crown & get smiling again!

Tooth Crowns (also called ‘tooth caps’) are an affordable and easy way to complete your smile. They are used to restore and protect a damaged tooth by completely surrounding it. Crowns can help to improve your overall oral health and enhance your full smile. Read on to learn more!

Temporary Crowns

Temporary crowns are, as the name suggests, a temporary covering used to protect the tooth. They are only intended to be worn for a few weeks and are usually used while you wait to receive your definitive crown. Temporary crowns are made of an inexpensive material (like plastic or metal) so they can be easily removed.

Definitive Crowns

Definitive crowns are designed as a permanent solution to protect your teeth for years and are custom fit to your teeth. Definitive crowns are made from materials including porcelain, gold, stainless steel, or ceramic. With proper care and maintenance, your crowns should last you at least 10 years.

Why would I need a crown?

There are a few reasons why you may need a crown:

  • To rebuild or strengthen a weak or heavily restored tooth.
  • To change the appearance of your tooth.
  • Following a root treatment to protect the tooth.
  • After trauma or fracture of a tooth.

Your dentist will discuss all dental treatment options available to you and will help decide what is best for you.

Preparing for your dental crown appointment

Appointments for dental crowns

Usually requires at least 3 appointments:

  • At the consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and talk to you about the procedure and take x-rays, photos and initial moulds of your teeth.
  • The next appointment will be for the preparation of the tooth. A final set of impressions will be taken to be sent to the dental lab, the tooth shade-matched and a temporary crown placed.
  • At the final appointment, the fit and aesthetics of the crown will be checked, and the dentist will check that you are happy with the appearance before cementing it in place.

Further appointments may be needed to review the crown and it will be checked at your regular dental check-ups.

How long does getting a crown take?

The preparation appointment will last approximately 60 mins, and the fitting appointment will usually last 30-45 mins. However, this depends on the complexity of the case.

You may be asked about

  • Your dental and medical history
  • Any pain or concerns you may have.

Before your appointment

No special preparation is needed for your dental crown appointment, just you and your smile!

After your appointment

Once your crowns have been fitted, avoid drinking hot liquids and hard foods for the first few hours. Your dentist will recommend the best post-procedure care to avoid any problems.

For temporary crowns,

  • you can continue to brush your teeth as normal;
  • avoid hard, chewy or sticky foods;
  • try chewing most food on the opposite side of the mouth;
  • avoid flossing next to the temporary crown.

If your temporary crown falls out or comes loose, contact your dentist to have it fixed as soon as possible.

Quick tip

Maintaining good oral hygiene will extend the life of your crowns. We recommend flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting your dentist and hygienist.

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The cost of a crown can vary depending on the material of the crown and the type of procedure. Your dentist will recommend a treatment option best suited to you and give you an estimate of the price and payment options during your consultation visit.

Getting a crown should be a relatively painless procedure, usually with local anaesthetic, however, you might feel some discomfort after the procedure as your mouth adjusts to the crown. For the fitting process of getting your crown, you will be given an anaesthetic to numb your mouth. Your dentist can explain the process and ease any concerns you may have about experiencing pain during your procedure.

The life span of your crowns will depend on many factors including your dental hygiene routine and how well you look after your mouth. We recommend regular dental check-ups and clean appointments to take the best care of your crowns.