A crown may also be known as a “cap”. It fits over the remaining parts of the tooth, strengthening it and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth.
A crown or an onlay (a partial crown) is a strong, long-lasting way of repairing a tooth. It is often the best way to rebuild a tooth which has broken or been weakened by decay or a large filling. It may also be the best solution for improving the appearance of a heavily filled tooth.
The process involves anesthetising the tooth and shaping the tooth for a crown. We then take impressions or a scan of your teeth, followed by making a temporary covering for your teeth. The information needed to make your crown is sent to our dental laboratories often with photos to give instructions on what type of crown to make for you.
At your next visit, the crown is tried in place and as long as both you and your dentist are happy with the fit, appearance and bite, it can be cemented or bonded into place. If any significant changes are required to the crown, it is sent back to the laboratory and fitted on a following visit.
Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain, gold or a mixture of them. The most natural looking crowns are made from porcelain. Speak to your dentist about your options and what suits your needs best.