What are they?

The crown of a tooth is the part which is visible in the mouth.  An artificial crown completely covers a weak tooth above the gum line and protects it. Crowns are made of metal or porcelain, or porcelain with metal inside for strength

What happens?

Your dentist will shape the tooth so that, with the artificial crown, it will be the same size as a normal tooth.  The preparation time will depend on how damaged the tooth is and whether it needs to be built up with filling first.  The tooth might have to be root-filled first – this is sometimes called ‘removing the nerve’.  The crown is sometimes held in place by a peg in the root canal if a lot of the tooth is missing.  Your dentist will use a soft, mouldable material to make ‘impressions’ of the tooth that is to be crowned and the nearby teeth.  Our dental laboratory then uses the impressions to make a crown the exact height and size needed.

The benefits

A crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth.  The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth.  Depending on the strength of the tooth underneath, a crown can last for years if you look after your mouth and teeth and the crown is not accidently damaged. Crowns can also improve the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth. 

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