Dental crowns are restorations placed on top of a tooth that has been weakened by decay or injury. They provide extra strength as well as approving the appearance of the tooth, and are also commonly placed after root canal therapy.
Tooth-coloured crowns can also be used to make a discoloured tooth look better, and may be placed to hold a bridge or denture in position.
Some people refer to crowns as “caps” that sit on top of the teeth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, from porcelain and ceramic to glass and even gold. These days most patients prefer tooth-coloured crowns, which are commonly made from porcelain or ceramic and are closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth.
If we find that you need a crown, you will need at least two appointments. At the first appointment your dentist will first prepare the tooth, making it into the perfect shape to receive the crown. This involves removing a layer of the outer surface of the tooth, leaving a strong inner core. The crown will be made to exactly the same thickness as the amount of tooth removed.
Once the tooth has been shaped, your dentist will take an impression of it, along with an impression of the other jaw and possibly one to show how your teeth bite together. These impressions are then sent to our laboratory, along with information about the shade of your crown and any other supporting information required, where our skilled dental technicians will create your crown.
You will have a temporary crown fitted while your permanent one is being made up. When it is ready, you will be called in for a second appointment at which your dentist will check the crown fits properly and make sure that you are entirely happy with it before fixing it in place with a firm dental adhesive.Back to Treatments