Sometimes known as ‘caps’, crowns offer a neat, natural-coloured cover up for unsightly teeth. They fit over a whole natural tooth to protect it and are commonly used to repair damage that has affected the structure and functionality of a tooth.
What are dental crowns used for?
- As a protective cover for badly decayed teeth
- To conceal defects caused by chips, decay or discolouration
- As a restoration for teeth with large fillings, providing strength to the structure of the tooth.
- To provide an aesthetic and reliable finish to a tooth following root canal treatment
What is involved in the treatment?
Initially, we will ensure the internal structure of your tooth is intact and there are no signs of infection. We remove a layer of tooth structure, ensuring we leave a strong core. We will then take impressions of your teeth, so your crown can be made to perfectly match.
We will fit a temporary crown over your prepared tooth to protect it between appointments. Once your crown is ready, we remove the temporary crown and fix the new permanent one into place with strong dental adhesive.
Caring for your crown
Your crown can be cared for easily by staying on top of your regular oral hygiene routine – brushing and flossing regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. A crown does not guard against gum disease, so it is important to keep the area around it clean and free from bacteria.