A crown is a tooth-shaped cover which is used to restore a decayed, broken, brittle or discoloured tooth or a tooth which has been replaced by an implant. It completely encloses the remaining tooth restoring its appearance and function. It can be made out of porcelain (ceramic), metal (usually gold), or a combination of materials.
Providing a dental crown usually involves two visits to the clinic. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared and an impression is taken, along with a record of the tooth shade. A temporary or ‘provisional’ crown is placed over the prepared tooth, and the impression is sent to our laboratory technician who fabricates the crown to exacting specifications. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the definitive crown is tried in to make sure it looks great! After try-in, we use a special cement to bond the new crown in place. That’s it!
Crowns are generally among the longest lasting restorations and if looked after will provide excellent aesthetics and many years of service.