A crown is sometimes known as a 'cap'. It is a type of dental restoration used to protect teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. They can be made of porcelain, precious metals such as gold or a combination of these materials.
The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
There is no longer any need to tolerate crowns which show dark metal at the gum line or don't match your other teeth. Porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays are metal free, stain-resistant, perfectly colour matched and completely natural in appearance. Modern, all-porcelain crowns combine beautiful aesthetics with excellent strength and durability.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have large discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used as part of a 'smile design' treatment to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment, a crown is often used to strengthen and protect the tooth.
If you think you may need a crown and want to know more, call us and we can answer any questions you may have.