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Dental Crowns for Damaged & Decayed Teeth in Elephant & Castle

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Suppose you have a tooth that’s damaged significantly or has a weakened structure. In that case, our restorative dentists will usually prescribe a crown that will help support the tooth and prevent further decay, which will help preserve your natural tooth structure for longer.

Dental crowns are a favourable solution as they are also used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped or stained by restoring its shape and colour. And as long as you take care of your teeth well, your dental crown can last many years.

To find out more about crowns, our dental technicians will be happy to discuss your available options with you.

Dental treatments we offer in Elephant & Castle
Fillings | Root CanalGum Disease | Hygienist | Tooth Extractions

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Everything you need to know about crowns

When teeth lose their shape or size over time, tooth-shaped caps called dental crowns are placed over the tooth to protect and preserve it.

Simply put, a dental crown restores the tooth’s shape, appearance, strength and size and can last up to 15 years.

Why you might need a dental crown

Patients often need crowns for several reasons, which include:

  • Protecting a weak tooth from decay
  • Preventing a tooth from breaking
  • Keeping a weak together if parts are cracked
  • Supporting and covering a tooth with a large filling/little tooth remaining
  • Cementing a dental bridge in place or as a final restoration of a dental implant
  • Covering a root canal-treated tooth

Dental crown materials to restore decayed teeth

Depending on where in your mouth you might need a crown,  we can use one or a combination of several materials:

  1. Porcelain crowns are often the go-to choice for teeth in the visible portion of your smile as they closely mimic natural teeth.
  2. Zirconia is a white ceramic material thinner than conventional materials, allowing the natural tooth structure to be more preserved. However, due to the opaqueness of zirconia, it’s more commonly used for back teeth.
  3. Metal alloy crowns are metals like nickel, palladium and chromium. The benefit metal allows is that they rarely chip and are more resistant to wear and tear than other materials. Plus, they only require a minimal amount of tooth preparation to be fitted. But as they are not aesthetically pleasing, they are usually placed out of sight.

If you need a crown but are unsure which material or type will be best for your oral condition, talk to one of our dentists, who can help you make the right decision.

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What’s involved in placing a dental crown?

We will examine your oral foundation and prepare the tooth during your first visit. Our dentists will take a few X-rays to check the tooth roots and surrounding bone to prepare for your crown.

If extensive tooth decay is present, or there is a risk of infection to the tooth’s pulp, we might first need to perform a root canal.

Before making your crown, we will numb the tooth and gum tissue surrounding the tooth, and next, reshape the chewing surface and sides of the tooth to make room for the crown to sit on top. The amount of tooth surface we will remove will depend on the type of crown used.

In other instances, where a large portion of the tooth is missing due to decay or damage, we will begin to fill the space with filling materials to build up the tooth enough to support a crown.

Once we have reshaped your tooth, we will use a paste or putty to make an accurate impression of the tooth, so the crown fits perfectly.

However, in some instances, we make this process even faster by taking impressions with a digital scanner, which will take impressions above and below the tooth to ensure the crown will not affect your bite.

And that’s it for the first appointment – you’ll get to go home with a temporary crown while yours is being made.

Your second visit

We’ll send the scans and impressions to a special dental lab, where your crown will be specially manufactured. Within a couple of weeks, the custom crown will be sent to our dental office, and you will be invited to receive your final restoration.

During this final appointment, we will remove the temporary crown, check the fit and colour and ensure everything is acceptable. If everything looks as it should, we will administer a local anaesthetic once more to numb the area and permanently cement the new crown.

Please note that if you opt for a porcelain crown, we will pre-match the colour of your neighbouring teeth to guarantee a perfect colour match.

Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.

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