The crown of a tooth is the visible part seen in your mouth. An artificial crown completely covers a weak tooth above the gum line and protects it. They are made of modern, aesthetic, ceramic materials or precious metal, or a combination.
Dental crowns are used for cosmetic purposes to improve appearance of heavily restored teeth, functionally when a tooth has fractured, or is heavily restored and weakened by root canal treatment.
- The tooth is shaped so that the crown fits to a similar size as your normal tooth.
- Preparatory time depends on how damaged the tooth is and whether it has to be built up with a filling first.
- A soft mouldable material is used to make an exact “impression” of the tooth following its preparatory work for the manufacture of the dental crown. This is sent to our expert dental technician to make the crown.
- A temporary dental crown made of plastic is placed over your prepared tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is made.
- You can chew on a temporary crown but it is not as strong as the permanent one.
- When the final restoration is fitted, we may make small adjustments to ensure you can bite comfortably.
- The dental crown is tried in first and then permanently cemented into place.
A dental crown is strong and cosmetically looks similar to your own natural teeth. Colour and shape can be matched accurately.
Depending on the strength of the tooth underneath, a dental crown can last for many years if it is properly looked after.
Dental crowns can also cosmetically improve the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth.