A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is a covering which is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size or strength, or to improve its appearance. These are shaped like the tooth, and can be made of metal and/or ceramic porcelain.
When Are Crowns Required?
A crown is recommended if the majority of the surface of the tooth has become damaged, but the root of the tooth is healthy. A crown would be suitable in the following circumstances;
- Tooth has become worn down beyond simple repair: Due to general use over a lifetime, grinding teeth while asleep, or the dissolving of enamel through eating acidic foods.
- Tooth decay area is too large to repair with dental material: If the dental decay area becomes too large there will not be enough healthy tooth structure to hold a filling in place. A dental crown is an alternative solution to cover misshapen or discoloured teeth.
- To support weakened teeth: Weakened teeth are at risk of fracture, however dental crowns can prevent dental fracturing from occurring.
- To support dental bridge: A dental bridge holds an artificial tooth in place, in the space of a missing tooth, and attaches on to two nearby natural teeth. The natural teeth either side are given crowns and the artificial tooth is welded to them to hold it in place.
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A metal crown, covered in porcelain, is considered by many as traditional. But in certain light, this can make the tooth look dull and lifeless. An alternative is for the crown to be made of solid porcelain. This will give a more natural look to the tooth.
The tooth is prepared and an impression taken. A crown is made from the impression and fitted to the tooth.
The damaged tooth is prepared. A crown with a metal base and porcelain coating is made. The crown is fixed in place. Under certain lighting, the metal base can sometimes be seen.
The tooth is prepared. A crown is made and fitted to the tooth.