A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that’s placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. A crown will look, feel and function just like any of your other teeth. The latest advances in ceramic mean that porcelain crowns are indistinguishable from your own natural teeth.
Why do I need a dental crown?
Sometimes crowns are needed because of aesthetic considerations but mainly it’s due to a lack of remaining tooth structure. Most commonly, a tooth that has a large filling or has sustained a fracture will need a crown.
How are crowns made?
Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and cement a crown. During the first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth to enable an impression to be taken and fits a temporary crown, custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to the dentist's instructions. At your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown cemented into place.
What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made from ceramic (such as porcelain), metal (gold, metal alloy), or a combination of both.
After your dental crown
It's not unusual for it to feel slightly strange and possibly a bit sensitive but this will settle in two or three days. There may be some soreness around the gum due to the procedure but careful, thorough brushing will allow the gum to recover to a healthy, pink condition.