If you have a damaged or weakened tooth, your dentist may suggest a dental crown. This is often used when a filling or inlay won't be suitable for the tooth in question.
What are crowns?
Crowns sit on top of your original tooth. They are used to repair and protect damaged or weak teeth. When damage has occurred, your dentist will remove the weakened part of the tooth and prepare it so it's equipped to hold the crown.
Depending on where in your mouth the crown is being fitted, they can be made from either metal, or metal covered in porcelain, or completely from porcelain. Porcelain crowns are used when the treatment is being carried out on a tooth that's towards the front of your mouth, so it's practically impossible to tell it apart from your natural teeth.
How long do they last?
Providing you take proper care of your teeth, a dental crown can last for years. However, it's important to take into account the condition of the original tooth your crown is fixed to - you should always take extra care to ensure it stays clean to get the best possible result.
To find out more about dental crowns, or for more information on the treatments we offer, get in touch with your local practice today.