Crowns restore, preserve functionality and improve the appearance of your teeth. Crowns are commonly known as caps because they sit on top of a prepared tooth.
Why might I need a crown?
- If your tooth is decaying and there is not enough structure left to support a filling
- If your tooth has been fractured beyond repair composite bonding will not work
- If you have a large cavity and need additional protection
- As part of a dental implant treatment
- As part of a root canal treatment
- If your teeth have eroded, you may need a Crown
- To improve your smile
Are dental crowns the best option?
Crowns should not be the first choice because a large part of teeth has to be removed in order to perform the treatment. Veneers or dental bonding restorations might be a less invasive option.
However, crowns are required when extra strength is needed. Veneers and dental bonding restorations are only as strong as the tooth.
What are crowns be made of?
- Metal bonded to porcelain
- Fully ceramic
Full ceramic crowns are just as hard wearing as metal bonded crowns and are the most aesthetically pleasing option. They are made entirely from a ceramic material, usually porcelain, which looks and feels like a natural tooth. With traditional metal bonded crowns, only a thin layer of porcelain is used to cover the metal crown so patients can sometimes be left with a metal line near the gum.