Dental Crowns


What are Dental Crowns?

A crown or cap is like a shell that fits over the tooth it is cemented or bonded into place Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth, which have been broken, or have been weaken by decay or by placing a very large filling. Root treated teeth may require a crown to protect the remaining tooth.

As well as restoring teeth where a lot of the original tooth has been lost, crowns may also be used to change the appearance, size or shape of teeth. Crowns may cover the whole or a portion of the visible part of the tooth.

Crowns are usually made over 2 appointments. At the first appointment the dentist will prepare the tooth surface and using soft putty and trays take impressions of your teeth and record the shade. These impressions will then be sent to the dental technician so they can make the crown. Once the technician has completed this and sent it back to the dentist, they will fix the crown into place using cement.

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What are crowns made of?

Crowns are made of a variety of materials and new materials are constantly introduced on the market. Different materials are used for different procedures. Gold has been a commonly used material for crowns, though its appearance often precludes its use in the front if the mouth.

Porcelain bonded to precious metal crown is made of a precious metal base and porcelain is then applied in layers over the base. Porcelain crowns can be manufacture to give a tooth- like appearance.

types of dental crowns

They are hand crafted by a dental technician to give characteristics to match the other teeth in your mouth. Porcelain can be crafted to give a high degree of translucency, but because porcelain is inherently a brittle material, sometimes a metal sub-frame will be produced usually made of gold alloy, to increase the strength of the crown. We do not use Nickel –containing alloys.

Porcelain and composite crowns- these crowns are made of a resin material and can look very natural. They are not as strong as bonded crowns and are used as a” long term” intermediate solution for full mouth reconstruction cases. These crowns help the patient to get used to repositioning of the bite.

Gold and Precious metal crowns- Gold and palladium crowns are very strong and hard wearing and are usually used at the back of the mouth. They are nor visible and most suitable for people who grind and clench their teeth.

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To speak to someone or to book an appointment:
Wimborne: 01202 889960
Dorchester: 01305 757570

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FAQ: Dental Crowns

How is a crown made?

The tooth will be prepared to the ideal shape of the crown. This will involve removing most of the outer surface of the tooth leaving a core. The thickness of the crown will be the same as the amount of tooth that has been removed. Crowns are usually made over 2 appointments which are 2 – 3 weeks apart. It may also require an appointment at the laboratory.

Once the tooth is shaped an impression of the prepared tooth will be taken and one of the opposite jaw and another to mark the way you bite. All the impressions will be sent to the technician to reproduce a crown that fits the tooth. A visit to the laboratory will be needed to match the colour of the crown to the existing teeth. The prepared tooth will have a temporary crown fitted until the new crown is ready.

Frontal teeth restoration with ceramic crowns, before- after

How long will a crown last?

The life of a crown depends on how much pressure is applied on the bite and how well it is looked after. The crown can not decay, but decay can start where the edge of crown joins the tooth. It is very important to keep the gums and crown clean.

How does the dentist make a crown?

The usual procedure for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth under local anaesthetic and then taking an impression using a rubberlike material. The impression is then sent to the laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used, where the technician makes the crown.

What happens to my teeth whilst the crown is being made?

 While your crown is being made, the prepared tooth can be protected with a temporary crown, which is easily removed just before fitting the permanent one. In most cases, the temporary crown is in place for about two weeks later.

What our patients say?

Dear Graham. Thank you so much for the care given to me by your surgery over the past year. I have been impressed by the friendliness and professionalism shown. The Skill and attention to detail shown by yourself, your surgery assistants and Stephen Taylor always marked by a sense of humour, gave me confidence with proceeding with the Implant surgery. I am so pleased that my dentist recommended me to you. Wishing you continued success.
Sincerely yours, John.
To the lovely team at South Coast Dental Thank you so much for being so nice and kind. I have been terrified of going to the dentist as long as I can remember, but you all put me at ease. I can now smile without thinking about it and cannot believe how my new teeth look and feel.
Thank you again. Sarah.

Where to find us?

South Coast Dental Specialists have two practices located in Wimborne & Dorchester, Dorset. We see patients from all over the south of England from Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and of course Dorset.

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South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist

Phone: 01202 889960
Address: 11 Merley Park Rd, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3DA


We are located only 4 minutes away from Wimborne town center At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oakley Hill/A349 Turn right onto Merley Park Rd your destination will be on the left.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train the nearest train station to us is Poole (5 miles away). There are taxis at the station or use the buses. Taxis will cost approx. £10-£15. You can catch the free Poole flyer from the train station to the bus station, please leave an extra hour if you are doing this.

If you are travelling by bus please click here to view more information of how to get to us.

We are located only 24 minutes away from Bournemouth town center. Via Gravel Hill/A349.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Poole town center. Follow Holes Bay Rd/A350 and A349 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley.

We are located only 26 minutes away from Christchurch town center. Follow B3073, Ham Ln and A31 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley

We are located only 48 minutes away from Southampton town center. Take A3024 to Mountbatten Way/A33.


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South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Learning Centre

Phone: 01305 757570
Address: Avenue House, S Walks Rd, Dorchester DT1 1DT


We are situated close to Dorchester town centre just off the B3144 in what was the large Conservative Club building.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train there are two train stations in Dorchester – ‘Dorchester South’ which is only 0.2 miles away and ‘Dorchester West which is only 0.3 miles away.

If you are travelling by bus the closest bus stop is C1 on Trinity Street.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Weymouth town center. Follow A354, Weymouth Relief Rd and A354 to Weymouth Rd/B3147 in Dorchester.

We are located only 34 minutes away from Yeovil town center. Take Clarence St to Queensway/A30. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton

We are located only 1  hour and 39 minutes away from Wiltshire. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton.

We are located only 1  hour and 21 minutes away from Hampshire. Follow Bar End Rd/B3330 to A31.

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