A Crown, or cap, is an artificial covering that is placed over the entire surface of a damaged or weakened tooth in order to return it to its former shape and strength. Crowns can also be used in conjunction with a Bridge or dentures to keep them in the correct position, or with dental Implants where the entire tooth is missing.
Crowns are fitted over the course of two visits to the practice. During your first appointment the tooth area is prepared and the tooth structure reduced before an impression is taken and sent to the laboratory. We then place a temporary crown over the tooth. In the second appointment the temporary crown will be removed and the custom made Crown cemented or bonded into place, restoring functionality.
Crowns typically last between 10 and 20 years when properly looked after and a good level of oral hygiene maintained.