Also known as a ‘cap’, crowns are designed to fit over the remaining part of a broken or damaged tooth, giving the tooth structural protection.
Crowns are used to repair broken, damaged and weakened teeth to give long-term protection. This weakening may be a result of tooth decay or a large filling. They can also be used to help improve the appearance of a tooth, attach a bridge or cover a dental implant.
Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain or porcelain bonded to precious metal. Bonded crowns are the most commonly used crowns, although some patients might choose an all-porcelain crown for their front teeth for aesthetic reasons.
Crowns are bespoke to each patient, carefully designed by dental technicians to specific requirements prescribed by our Dentist, so you shouldn’t expect to be fitted with one in one appointment. You will visit us at least twice in the course of getting your crown, with two weeks between each appointment.
Getting a crown doesn’t hurt because you will have the area numbed with local anaesthetic. The work done during preparation for your new crown will feel similar to getting a filling.