A crown or cap is dental restoration that completely covers a tooth, it is often needed when a tooth requires a very large filling or is heavily broken down.
Firstly all surfaces of the tooth are reduced to make way for the crown. A series of impressions are taken and a temporary crown or covering is placed to protect the tooth. The crown is made in a dental laboratory and is then fitted onto the tooth using a strong adhesive.
What are they made from?
Crowns can be made of:
- alloys (mix of metals)
- porcelain bonded to precious metals
Your dentist will be happy to discuss the procedure in detail with you for both NHS and private options available to you.