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’. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. They can be made of porcelain or gold or a combination of these materials.
A dental crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:
you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it
it may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
If a tooth is too broken down to hold a filling.
If you are unhappy with the shape or size of a tooth
Cosmetic Porcelain Crowns
Unhappy with the look of your old crowns? If they do not match your other teeth, replace them with natural-looking metal-free porcelain crowns. The advantages of having porcelain crowns are:
- Aesthetically pleasing, as it is so easily matched in colour to the surrounding teeth.
- No black lines at the gum level
- Better translucency & therefore more natural looking