A dental crown is a tooth-shaped 'cap' that is securely placed over a tooth, to cover the tooth and restore it's shape, size and strength, and improve its appearance. Sometimes a tooth is so damaged and weak that a dental crown is required which fits over the whole of the visible part of the tooth. Dental crowns can also cover too small or misshapen teeth as well as badly discoloured teeth which can’t be improved by cleaning or whitening.
Crowns are made from ceramics or porcelain which provide a natural looking end result and are colour matched to your neighbouring teeth. The damaged tooth will be cut in a preparation to receive the crown and then the impression/image of preparation will be sent to a laboratory for construction.
It is possible to have your crown prepared and fitted within the same appointment using our CEREC technology. Look at CEREC crowns.
Crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic and are widely used where a tooth has become too badly broken to be restored using a filling. The damaged tooth will be prepared to receive the crown and digital scans/impressions then taken to facilitate the manufacture of the crown. On completion, the crown is attached to the prepared tooth using a strong dental adhesive. The aesthetics of your smile are all important, so the crown will be prepared in a shade and shape that matches your natural teeth, providing you with a strong and realistic looking restoration.
Before the dental crown is made, the tooth is prepared by shaping (2) and a dental impression is taken. The impression together with instructions on
tooth colour is sent to the dental laboratory where the crown is hand-crafted. The dental crown is then bonded into place by your dentist (3).