Crowns 2018-10-08T19:50:32+00:00

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.

  • Porcelain crowns
    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