A dental crown is a covering for an existing tooth which provides strength and protection for an existing tooth and at the same time improves it’s look.
Some instances where you may need a crown:
- To improve the appearance of your teeth. For example, if you have any crooked or irregularly shaped teeth
- To cover stained or discoloured teeth that can’t be removed
- When your tooth is broken or decayed to the extent that a filling is no longer a viable solution
- Restore a fractured tooth
- To be used on dental implants to improve the look of the teeth
Frequently asked questions
How are dental crowns made?
Our dentists will prepare your tooth by reducing the size so that the crown can fit on top of it. This is completed by removing a layer of the outer surface of the tooth.
We will then take impressions to create an exact mould which our machine will use to create the crown. We will also determine the correct shade and colouring of the crown so that it matches the rest of your teeth.
What material is the crown made of?
There are several different types and materials of crowns but they are all strong and durable. The popular ones used are:
- Porcelain – natural looking and can be matched to the colour of your other teeth
- Ceramic – same as above
- Zirconia – can be either full zirconia or fused with porcelain
- Gold or metal – extremely strong material and is usually made for the back teeth
How do I take care of the crown?
Your dental crown can’t decay, but the edge of your tooth where it sits, still can. Brushing your teeth and flossing will help protect this area.