A crown (sometimes called a ‘cap’) covers and strengthens chipped, broken or weakened teeth. It can also be used to protect the space left from a root filling, to help to hold a denture or bridge in place, or even hide discoloured fillings. They can look very natural and can be made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth.
Q: What is involved in the process of having a Dental Crown fitted?
A: Your tooth is usually shaped, under local anaesthetic, and an impression will be taken by your dentist. This is then sent to the laboratory, where your crown will be custom-made out of porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold.
Q: I have fillings. How will this affect my suitability for a Dental Crown?
A: Sometimes, especially with root fillings, it is necessary to set a post before fitting the crown. This supports the crown and adds stability and strength. Posts are usually pre-made from stainless steel. Your dentist can cement them directly into the root canal, ready for the crown to be fitted over the top.