We are a team of dedicated dentists who take pride in what we do. We look after your teeth in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our dentists have obtained specialist qualifications through additional post-graduate training and exams. We incorporate the Docklands Dental Referral Centre, located in New Providence Wharf E14, which is the referral hub in Docklands for specialist' dental treatments, in particular orthodontics.
Unlike pure-private practices, we have a contract with the NHS including specialist' treatments such as minor oral surgery and orthodontics. This enables us to provide affordable dental treatments with a cap on patient charges for many fee paying patients and free treatments for children and low income groups.
- as a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth;
- as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings;
- to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration.
What are crowns made from?
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made from plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximise strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
How are crowns made?
Firstly, a thorough clinical examination is conducted with radiographs, by the dentist. The suitability for crowns is assessed and any preparatory work is carried out. Your dentist will also be able to advise on material choices, treatment sequence and any other concerns you may have.
At the second appointment, the teeth to be crowned are prepared. This involves reduction of the tooth size (usually under local anaesthesia) followed by an impression or mould of the prepared tooth. This trimming of the tooth is required to create space for the crown to be fitted. The mould taken is then sent to a laboratory where skilled technicians will fabricate the crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the trimmed tooth.
At the third appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth surfaces cleaned. The completed crown is tried on the tooth for fit, harmony with the bite, and appearance. Finally, the crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth with dental cement.
Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is 'whitened' to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc. .
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