What is a Crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
A crown is sometimes known as a `cap`.
What is a crown made of?
Crowns can be made of porcelain or porcelain bonded to metal.
These crowns are made entirely out of porcelain.
They look very natural.
Porcelain bonded to metal
These consist of a metal base and then porcelain is applied
in layers over it.
Your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and prepare it for the new crown.
Once prepared, a mould of your tooth is taken in a putty-like material so that the dental technician can make a crown that fits the tooth perfectly. It may take one or two weeks for the crown to be ready, so your dentist will fit a temporary one. At the second appointment, your dentist will take off the temporary crown and fix the new one permanently in place.
What are the benefits?
- A crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth
- The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth
- Depending on the strength of the tooth underneath, a crown can last for many years
- Crowns can also improve the appearance of unsightly or discoloured teeth