Marylebone Dental Care
25 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6JD
Telephone (020) 7935-9320
Fax (020) 7935-4486


A crown completely covers a weakened tooth above the gum line and protects it. Crowns are made of gold, porcelain with metal inside for strength or all ceramic materials with  no metal at all. The type of material used depends on the position of the tooth to be crowned. A crown is strong and can look and feel almost exactly like a natural tooth. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth. A crown should last for many years, depending on the strength of the tooth underneath. Crowns can also improve appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth.

 What does the dentist do?

  • Usually local anaesthetic is administered to numb the tooth.

  • The tooth is shaped so that, with the crown, it will be the same size as a normal tooth

  • The tooth may need to be root-filled first and/or a post placed to help retain the crown

  • Soft, mouldable material is used to make an impression of the tooth to be crowned and of the opposite jaw

  • A temporary plastic crown is made and cemented using a temporary cement

  • A week or two later, the definitive crown is first tried in and fitted with a permanent cement 


A bridge replaces a missing tooth (or teeth) by fixing the replacement to the natural teeth at each side of the gap. The preparation of a bridge is similar to that of the crown.

  • A bridge can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.

  • The teeth can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

  • Natural teeth are protected from wear and tear, and from tilting out of line.

  • A bridge is usually the second best option of replacing missing teeth, the best option being a dental implant.