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Dental Crowns in Essex & Thurrock

Are damaged or discoloured teeth causing you concern? Discover the transformative potential of Dental Crowns at Tooth Doctor. Book a consultation today to explore how our custom crowns can restore your smile and oral health.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as tooth crowns or dental caps, are prosthetic restorations that are designed to cover a damaged, weakened, or aesthetically flawed tooth. They serve both functional and cosmetic purposes by restoring the tooth’s strength, shape, and appearance.

There are several types of dental crowns, each with its own advantages:

  1. Porcelain Crowns: Porcelain crowns are known for their natural appearance and translucency, making them an excellent choice for front teeth. They can be colour-matched to your surrounding teeth for a seamless blend.
  2. Metal Crowns: Metal crowns, often made of alloys like gold, provide exceptional durability and strength. They are less likely to chip or break, making them suitable for molars that endure heavy chewing forces.
  3. Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns: PFM crowns combine the strength of a metal core with the aesthetics of porcelain. They offer a balance between durability and a natural appearance.
  4. All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain Crowns: These crowns are entirely made of porcelain or ceramic materials. They are an excellent choice for those who desire both strength and a lifelike appearance.
  5. Zirconia Crowns: Zirconia crowns are known for their durability and biocompatibility. They are highly resistant to wear and fractures, making them suitable for both front and back teeth.
  6. Temporary Crowns: These crowns are typically used as a short-term solution while a permanent crown is being fabricated. They provide protection to the prepared tooth until the final restoration is ready.

The choice of crown type depends on various factors, including the location of the tooth, your budget, and your aesthetic preferences. Our dentists will carefully assess your specific needs and recommend the most suitable crown type for your situation.

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Who Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are recommended for individuals who have various dental issues that can be effectively addressed through the placement of a crown. Those who may benefit from dental crowns include:

  1. Patients with Damaged Teeth: If you have teeth that are severely chipped, cracked, or fractured, dental crowns can provide the necessary protection and reinforcement to restore their strength and function.
  2. Teeth with Large Fillings: Teeth that have large fillings or extensive decay may require crowns to provide additional support and prevent further damage.
  3. Post-Root Canal Treatment: After a root canal procedure, teeth can become weakened and more prone to fracture. Crowns are often placed on such teeth to strengthen them and seal the treated tooth against reinfection.
  4. Cosmetic Improvements: Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discoloured, misshapen, or have other aesthetic issues. They offer a natural and attractive look.
  5. To Protect Weak Teeth: Teeth weakened by age, wear, or grinding can benefit from crowns, which act as a protective shield to prevent further damage.
  6. Replacing Large Fillings: When an old and large filling needs replacement, a crown can provide better coverage and support than a new filling.
  7. Restoring Dental Implants: Dental crowns are commonly used to restore single dental implants, providing a functional and natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth.
  8. To Support Dental Bridges: Crowns can serve as anchor points for dental bridges, helping to replace missing teeth within a dental arch.
  9. Fractured or Cracked Teeth: Teeth with fractures or cracks that extend below the gumline may require crowns to stabilise and restore them.
  10. Enhancing Oral Function: Crowns can improve a patient’s ability to chew, bite, and speak comfortably by restoring the proper shape and function of damaged teeth.
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The Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer a range of benefits that make them a valuable and versatile dental treatment:

  1. Restoration of Tooth Function: Dental crowns are designed to restore the function of damaged or weakened teeth. They provide protection and support, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak with confidence.
  2. Enhanced Aesthetics: Crowns are customised to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. They can significantly improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, misshapen, or have other cosmetic issues.
  3. Strengthening Weakened Teeth: Crowns are often used to reinforce teeth that are weakened due to extensive decay, large fillings, or fractures. This helps prevent further damage and potential tooth loss.
  4. Post-Root Canal Protection: After a root canal treatment, a crown is typically placed on the treated tooth to seal it against reinfection and restore its strength.
  5. Longevity: Dental crowns are durable and can last for many years with proper care. They provide a long-lasting solution for tooth restoration.
  6. Natural-Looking Results: Modern crowns are crafted from materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel, ensuring a seamless blend with your existing teeth.
  7. Improved Oral Health: By protecting and strengthening compromised teeth, crowns contribute to better oral health by preventing further decay or damage.
  8. Personalised Treatment: Each crown is custom-made to fit your unique dental anatomy, ensuring a comfortable and precise fit.
  9. Versatility: Crowns can be used for a wide range of dental issues, from cosmetic enhancements to functional restorations.
  10. Minimal Discomfort: The process of getting a crown is typically well-tolerated by patients, and the results are worth the short-term investment in dental care.
  11. Support for Dental Bridges: Crowns serve as anchor points for dental bridges, helping to replace missing teeth and restore the overall structure of your smile.
  12. Protecting Tooth Structure: Crowns protect the remaining tooth structure, preventing further deterioration and the need for more invasive dental procedures.
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The Procedure


Consultation and Evaluation

It all begins with a consultation with one of our dentists in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope. During this appointment, the dentist will thoroughly examine your oral health and assess the condition of the tooth that requires a crown. X-rays may be taken to evaluate the extent of damage.

Tooth Preparation

If a crown is deemed necessary, the next step involves preparing the tooth. This process typically requires the removal of a portion of the tooth's outer structure, including any decayed or damaged areas. The amount of tooth structure removed depends on the type of crown and the specific needs of the tooth.

Impression Taking

Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression (mould) of the tooth. This impression is crucial for creating a custom-fit crown that perfectly matches your bite and surrounding teeth. We use digital scanners for highly accurate impressions.

Temporary Crown

While your permanent crown is being fabricated, you may receive a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth and maintain your smile's appearance. Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic or stainless steel.

Crown Fabrication

The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where skilled technicians create your custom crown. The crown can be made from various materials, such as porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of materials, depending on your specific needs.

Crown Placement

Once your permanent crown is ready, you'll return to our clinic in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope for its placement. The dentist will check the fit and appearance of the crown to ensure it matches your surrounding teeth and aligns properly with your bite.


When both you and the dentist are satisfied with the crown's fit and aesthetics, it is permanently bonded to your prepared tooth using dental cement. This ensures a secure and long-lasting attachment.

Bite Adjustment

After the crown is secured in place, the dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is balanced and comfortable. You'll be asked to bite and chew to confirm that the crown functions correctly.

Final Polish

The crown will be polished to a natural lustre, ensuring a seamless blend with your adjacent teeth.

Post-Care Instructions

Our dentist will provide you with post-care instructions, including guidance on maintaining proper oral hygiene and what to expect after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental crowns made of?

Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. The choice depends on the tooth’s location and your preferences.

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

It typically takes 2 dental appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the tooth and taking impressions, while the second appointment involves placing the crown after it’s fabricated in a dental lab.

Is getting a dental crown painful?

No, the procedure is not painful. Local anaesthesia is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a painless experience.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care and oral hygiene, dental crowns can last between 10 to 15 years or even longer.

Can I eat normally with a dental crown?

Yes, once the crown is placed, you can eat normally. However, it’s essential to avoid chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools to prevent damage.

Are all types of dental crowns indistinguishable?

No, not all types of dental crowns are indistinguishable. The appearance of a dental crown can vary depending on the materials used. For example, all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns closely mimic the natural look of teeth and are often indistinguishable from surrounding teeth. However, metal crowns, such as those made from gold or silver alloys, may be more noticeable due to their metallic colour. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain, providing a balance between durability and a natural appearance.

How do I care for my dental crown?

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. Avoid excessive force or grinding your teeth.

Can dental crowns be replaced if needed?

Yes, if a dental crown becomes damaged or worn over time, it can be replaced with a new one to ensure the continued health and appearance of the tooth.

Why Choose Tooth Doctor for Dental Crowns?

When you choose Tooth Doctor for your dental crown procedure, you’re choosing a trusted partner dedicated to enhancing your smile and oral health. We take pride in our expertise, technology, and patient-centric approach, and we look forward to helping you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile with dental crowns.

  1. Expertise and Excellence: Our teams of highly skilled and experienced dental professionals in our Basildon, Brentwood and Stanford-le-Hope clinics are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care. With years of expertise, we ensure precise and effective crown placement.
  2. Bespoke Solutions: We understand that every patient is unique, and your dental needs are no exception. Our approach to dental crowns is tailored to your specific requirements, ensuring a personalised treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
  3. Cutting-Edge Technology: Our dental practices are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, allowing for precise diagnostics, treatment planning, and crown fabrication. We stay at the forefront of dental advancements to provide you with the best possible care.
  4. Patient-Centric Care: Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. We create a welcoming and supportive environment to ease any anxiety or concerns you may have, ensuring a stress-free experience.
  5. Transparent Communication: We believe in transparent communication and thorough consultations. We take the time to discuss your concerns, explain treatment options, and answer your questions, so you can make informed decisions about your dental crown.
  6. Affordable Options: We understand the importance of affordability when it comes to dental crowns. At Tooth Doctor, our crowns start at just £750 per unit. To make quality dental care accessible, we also offer 0% finance options, allowing you to spread the cost of your dental crown treatment over manageable instalments. Our competitive pricing and flexible payment plans ensure that you receive the care you need without financial stress.
  7. Proven Results: Tooth Doctor has a history of delivering outstanding results, helping numerous patients regain their smiles and oral function with dental crowns.
  8. Convenient Locations: We have 3 conveniently located practices in Basildon, Brentwood and Stanford-le-Hope, making it easy for you to access our expert dental services in Essex & Thurrock.
  9. Post-Crown Care: Our commitment extends beyond the crown placement. We provide guidance on post-crown care and regular follow-up appointments to ensure the long-term success of your dental crown.
  10. Comprehensive Services: Beyond dental crowns, we offer a wide range of dental treatments, ensuring that all your oral health needs can be met under one roof.

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