A crown is a restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.
Crowns are most often placed because;
- you have a tooth that has broken, or has been weakened by decay or a very large filling,
- you have a discoloured filling and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth,
- you have had a root filling and need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth,
- it may help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are continually being introduced. Some of the most popular options are listed below.
- Gold-alloy crowns – gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other metal alloys to increase its strength, which makes it very hardwearing. These crowns are silver or gold in colour and normally only used at the back of the mouth.
- Porcelain bonded to metal- this is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal base is made and then covered with tooth coloured porcelain.
- All-ceramic – this modern technique offers a metal-free alternative, combining the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown.
Fitting your Crown will take at least two appointments.
During your first visit, the tooth is prepared for the Crown, an impression or mould is made of the tooth, and a temporary Crown is placed over the prepared tooth. The mould is sent to our skilled dental technicians who will construct a custom-made crown to fit your prepared tooth like a glove.
At the next visit, the temporary Crown is removed and the final Crown is fitted and adjusted and cemented into place.
For more information on Crowns at Goodall Dental Practice, or to book a free no obligation consultation, call the team on 01922 642621, or click here to send an online request.