A dental crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a damaged tooth, strengthening it and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. They are used to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Why do I need a crown?
Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have been broken or been weakened due to decay or a very large filling. A crown could also be used for if you have a discoloured filling and need to improve the appearance of your tooth, or if you have had a root filling and require a crown to protect the remainder of the tooth. It can also help to secure a bridge or denture in place.
What is a crown made of?
Porcelain bonded to metal crowns
Most crowns are made from porcelain which is bonded to a precious metal base. It is possible to have crowns made entirely out of porcelain which can look much more natural, and are a popular choice for front teeth.
All-ceramic crowns are a modern technique that offers a metal-free alternative which can give the strength of a bonded crown with the appearance of a porcelain crown. All-ceramic crowns are suitable for use in all areas of the mouth. We offer the latest techniques to provide these newer style crowns.
With no dark lines at the gum margins they are natural and can blend into the rest of your smile. Advances in modern dental technology make All-ceramic crowns very popular as they are proven to be as strong and durable as the metal porcelain crowns so they are able to provide the best of both worlds. They are more natural and long lasting than the metal backed porcelain bonded crowns.
Metal alloy crowns are also an option. These are used mainly on back teeth and have strength and durability.
Please phone or email the practice if you want a consultation to find out about the latest in crowns