Crowns (also known as 'caps') are ideal restorations for broken or weakened teeth. Teeth can be weakened by decay, large fillings and root canal treatments. A crown will make the remaining tooth strong while giving a natural tooth shape. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic reasons, for example if a tooth is discoloured and you would like a better appearance.
A crown requires two appointments. At the first appointment we prepare the tooth, take impressions and fit a temporary crown. We send the impressions to the laboratory for the crown to be made by a dental technician. When you come back we remove the temporary crown, check that the permanent crown fits, make any minor adjustments if necessary and finally fix it into place.
Crowns can be made of porcelain bonded to metal, entirely of porcelain, or entirely of metal. Sometimes it may be necessary to fit a post into the remaining tooth to provide extra support. Fees vary according to the type of crown and the material used. Please ask your dentist for more details.
For more information on crowns, click here to visit the British Dental Health Foundation website.