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Dental Crowns - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claim


Dental crowns are shaped like teeth and are usually made of porcelain (sometimes gold). A dental crown forms a cap over a tooth that has broken or has suffered from decay and cannot be properly filled. A dental crown creates a strong tooth (dependent on the root quality) that is of the shape of the original tooth (or better) before it was damaged. Crowns are kept in place using dental cement (glue) and may completely encase what's left of the original tooth.

Crowns are used to restore a broken or worn tooth, to protect a weak tooth, to support a tooth that has more filling than tooth left or to hold a dental bridge in place. Also dental implants need a crown on top of the titanium root as do severely misshapen or discoloured original teeth.

Dental Negligence Solicitors

Our dental negligence solicitors who are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts offer advice on personal injury compensation claims at no cost. Our lawyers operate the no win no fee* scheme and all cases are totally risk free. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible for a dental negligence solicitor to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates the insurers minds on settlement. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or a dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email our offices.

Permanent or Temporary Dental Crowns

Crowns can be permanent or temporary. Permanent crowns are made from gold metal alloy, palladium alloy, resin, porcelain that has been fused to metal or ceramic material. Metal crowns last the longest because they tend to wear down the least. Metal is a good choice for molar teeth because they aren't usually visible. Wear, if it happens, tends to happen on the teeth opposite the metal crown. Porcelain crowns look nice but can chip or break in certain circumstances. Porcelain fused to metal crowns can show the metal through the thin porcelain veneer and can be unsightly. All resin crowns are cheaper than other crowns but are more prone to fracture.

Ceramic or Porcelain

Full ceramic crowns (100% ceramic) or full porcelain crowns (100% porcelain) can be color matched to the original teeth and they work better for those people who have metal allergies. Full ceramic crowns and full porcelain crowns aren't as strong as crowns made of porcelain or ceramic fused to metal.

Acrylic Crowns

Temporary crowns are usually constructed from acrylic material and are made by the dentist in the surgery. You wear them for only a few weeks until the permanent crown is made in the laboratory and can be put in its place. Temporary crowns are simply functional and are not meant to look pretty or to have a perfect bite.


Crowns take two office visits to the dentist. In the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth, puts on the temporary crown and determines the dimensions of the permanent crown. In the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and will replace it with the permanent crown.

During the first visit, the dentist will numb the area and will file down the tooth that needs the crown so that the crown will fit over the stub of the tooth. Some crowns need a lot of tooth removed, while others need less tooth removed. Impressions will be made of the upper and lower teeth in order to determine the exact size and shape of the missing tooth. Errors in this process can lead to a crown that disturbs the patient's bite thereby causing other dental problems.

It takes a week or more weeks to get the permanent tooth back from the laboratory. If it fits perfectly, it is cemented onto your tooth stub. Crowns usually last between 5 and 15 years.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here