If your tooth has been damaged or weakened by decay, a dental crown can help to restore its appearance and function.
Also known as a cap, a crown is a custom-made dental restoration which is cemented onto a damaged tooth, protecting it from further injury.
Different functions of a dental crown include:
- Protecting a damaged or decayed tooth from breaking
- Restoring a tooth to its former functionality while improving its appearance
- Covering a dental implant
Types of crowns
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metal, ceramic, or a combination of the two. Your dentist will discuss the available options and help you to choose the right one for your dental needs.
- Ceramic fused to metal:These two materials are combined to create a crown that is attractive and long-lasting.
- Ceramic: Ceramic is natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing, making it a popular choice for front teeth in patients who want their crowns to look as natural as possible. It can be bonded to your tooth creating a strong and stable foundation.
- Gold: This traditional crown type is chosen for its durability and is especially effective for restoring back teeth. Gold will not wear down your opposing teeth, as it has characteristics similar to tooth enamel.
- At your first appointment, your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth that requires a dental crown.
- The dentist begins by anaesthetising the gum tissues surrounding the tooth that requires treatment. The tooth is then carefully shaped to the correct dimensions depending on the type of crown being provided.
- Once the preparatory work has been done, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. This will be sent to our dental laboratory to create a custom crown for you. In the interim, a temporary crown will be provided to protect the tooth.
- At your next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fitting of your new, permanent crown. Following a successful fit, your dentist will cement the crown into place.
How long does a dental crown last?
A dental crown is extremely durable and must be cared for properly. We recommend you see the hygienist regularly. With optimum care, a crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years.