What is a dental crown?
A crown is a ‘cap’ that fits over a tooth. It provides the tooth with strength and can improve its appearance, shape or alignment. They can be made from a number of different materials, including metal, resin, composite (a combination of metal and porcelain), porcelain or ceramic. The most natural-looking crowns are usually porcelain or ceramic, but these are also the more expensive materials to work with. If you choose to have the procedure done on the NHS, then you are unlikely to have a choice about the materials used.
When might you require a crown?
There are multiple indications for crowns. Some of the common ones include:
- To strengthen a tooth after it has had root canal treatment
- Trauma – to restore broken teeth
- To strengthen teeth with very large fillings
- To improve the appearance of discoloured teeth or to improve the shape of teeth
- As part of a bridge (click here for more information on bridges)
- On top of an implant
What is the process of having a crown fitted?
Fitting a crown generally requires at least two visits to your dentist. The first visit will involve your dentist taking a mould from your mouth so that a lab can prepare the crown to exactly the size and shape required. Your dentist will usually also prepare the tooth for the fitting at this time, by clearing away any remaining decay from the affected tooth and sometimes a little reshaping of the tooth is required, so that the crown can be securely fixed at the next visit.
The second visit to finish the process is often a few weeks after the first, to give the laboratory sufficient time to create the crown. Your dentist will fit the crown and once they are happy with the positioning, and that the colour, size and shape of the crown are a good fit with your other teeth, it can be cemented into place.
How long should a crown last?
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- The materials you choose for the crown
- The area of the country you are in
- The expertise of the dentist carrying out the procedure
Crowns fitted privately can cost anywhere from around £250 (equivalent to the current NHS band 3 rate) to over £1,000, depending on the variables above.
What can go wrong with dental crowns?
- Poorly shaped crowns resulting in pain as well as issues with biting and chewing
- Ill-fitting crowns that are difficult to clean, resulting in gum disease and tooth decay
- Crowns falling off
The Dental Law Partnership handles dental negligence claims that deal with the failure of crowns due to:
- A lack of informed consent
- The dentist’s failure to advise of alternative treatments
- Failure to treat decay before placing a crown
- Failure to check the health of the tooth before placing a crown
- The dentist’s failure to assess the shape of the crowns resulting in pain and other problems
- The dentist’s failure to assess the fit and aesthetics of the crowns, resulting in poor dental hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease
Dental infection after crown
Another reason why you may develop an infection in the gum after a dental crown procedure is if your dentist caused you some trauma to the gums when carrying out the treatment, which then gets infected. This may happen if an instrument is handled incorrectly, for example, and could be considered dental negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are crowns guaranteed to last for a certain amount of time?
Most dental procedures don’t come with a true guarantee, but if you received NHS treatment then your crown will be guaranteed for 12 months from the treatment date. This means that if future treatment is required or the crown needs to be redone within that period, you won’t have to pay again. Crowns, if the treatment has been carried out to a good standard, usually last for at least five years, and can last several decades. Maintaining good oral hygiene is a great way to help extend the life of a crown.
How much compensation could I get for a dental negligence claim in relation to a crown?
With any type of dental negligence claim, the amount of compensation that you may be awarded, if successful, will vary widely, depending on the specifics of your case. If your crown has been fitted so poorly that other teeth are being affected and you require extensive further treatment as a direct result, you are likely to receive more compensation than for a less serious outcome of dental negligence.
How long will a dental crown compensation claim take?
Each dental negligence case is different, so it’s unfortunately not possible to put an exact time frame on how long a case takes from the beginning to completion. A strict legal process must be followed at every stage, but many cases are settled before they ever reach court, so the length of a case can be as little as a few weeks or can stretch to many months. The complexity of the case may play a part in how long it takes to bring a successful claim, along with other variable aspects of the case, such as gaining expert opinions and gathering all of the necessary evidence. How long will a dental crown compensation claim take? Each dental negligence case is different, so it’s unfortunately not possible to put an exact timeframe on how long a case takes from the beginning to completion. A strict legal process must be followed at every stage, but many cases are settled before they ever reach court, so the length of a case can be as little as a few weeks or can stretch to many months. The complexity of the case may play a part in how long it takes to bring a successful claim, along with other variable aspects of the case, such as gaining expert opinions and gathering all of the necessary evidence. See the full claims process here.
Can I sue my dentist for a bad crown?
You may be eligible to sue a dentist for bad, poorly fitted or poorly shaped crowns that result in pain, issues with chewing and biting, and even gum disease and tooth decay. These causes may be due to the dentist’s failure to assess the shape, the fit and aesthetics of the crowns, – and may result in a dental negligence claim.
Can I sue my dentist for an ill-fitting crown?
Ill-fitting crowns may be difficult to clean, resulting in serious consequences such as gum disease and tooth decay. Dental negligence solicitors will fight for the compensation you deserve, so if you need to speak to someone about suing a dentist for an ill-fitting crown, call us today.
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