When a tooth is badly broken or heavily filled, we may need to crown or 'cap' it to restore its appearance and strength.
What is a crown?
A crown is a shell in the shape of a tooth that fits over the entire tooth surface to protect it from further damage.
When is a crown indicated?
It is usually indicated when a tooth is badly broken down or heavily filled. This improves the strength, appearance, function and longevity of the tooth.
What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials. Traditionally, they were made from a strong and durable material (eg. Gold). As technology evolved porcelain was bonded to gold to make teeth look like teeth. Nowadays, it is a common practice to use ceramic materials combined with Zirconium to make restorations that are as durable as Gold but look sensational.
New materials are continually being introduced. We will work with you to find out what would work best for you.
What happens to my teeth while the crown is being made?
While your crown is being made, the prepared tooth can be protected with a temporary crown. This is easily removed just before fitting the permanent one. In most cases, the temporary crown is in place for approximately two weeks.