A crown is a restoration that covers, or “caps”, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse.
Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discoloured teeth.
Crowns can be made of gold but porcelain crowns, which match your tooth colour exactly are now the most popular. Crowns can take as little as ninety minutes from start to finish. There is usually a one to two week interval between your initial visit and your final outcome where a temporary crown is left on your tooth. During the interval, a customized crown is made by a specialized technician using the measurements from your initial visit. In the majority of cases teeth crowns can last 8-10years.
With precise fitting and new materials crowns can now be placed without causing irritation of the gum.