A crown, or a ʻcapʼ as it is often called, is a restorative treatment to strengthen, repair and improve the appearance of an existing tooth. Their hardwearing and cosmetic properties mean they will remain strong and stable for many years if cared for properly.
There are a number of reasons a crown could be used, which include repairing teeth that have been broken or have been weakened by decay or a large filling, improving the appearance of a tooth that may have a discoloured filling, protecting a tooth after a root filling or to help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
New materials for crowns are continually being introduced but some of the most popular are porcelain, ceramic and gold. We only the highest standard of equipment and rare materials imported from the USA, Sweden and Luxumbourg, ensuring there are no compromises on any element of the treatment you receive. We can help you decide on the best material choices during an initial consultation.
If you are being fitted with a crown, your dentist will prepare your teeth to the ideal shape, which involves removing a layer of the outer surface of the tooth. An impression of the tooth will then be sent to a specialist laboratory where the crown will be expertly manufactured to fit the size and colour of your existing teeth. A temporary crown will be fitted in the meantime so to avoid being without a tooth.
On your final visit, the crown will be precisely fitted over the top of the tooth and held in place with a specialist dental cement.