A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. They are used for several reasons, including as a protective cover for badly decay or fractured teeth, permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings, and to correct minor problems in natural teeth, such as spacing or irregular shape.
They can be made from plastic, ceramic, metal alloys or even a combination of metal and ceramic to maximise strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
What to expect
The suitability for a crown is assessed before any preparatory work that may need to be carried out. We’ll be able to guide you on the various material choices and treatments – as well as address any other concerns you may have.
At your next appointment we’ll prepare any teeth that are to be crowned by reducing the tooth size (usually under local anesthetic), and then by taking an accurate mould. A laboratory will fabricate a crown from this mould.