A crown is an artificial restoration made in a laboratory that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.
Tooth coloured crowns are traditionally made from porcelain fused to a metal substructure.
Where aesthetic demands are high, advances in dental technology have brought about the introduction of super strong metal-free alternatives such as zirconia crowns which are pretty much indistinguishable from natural teeth.
At Market Weighton Dental Practice we have a 3D digital scanner which may allow us to carry out the procedure without the need for taking sticky impressions.
Why would I need a crown?
Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by tooth decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example:
Crowns are often recommended:
- Following root canal treatment, a crown would protect what is left of the tooth;
- When a large filling wears or fails or to strengthen a weakened tooth;
- To improve the colour, shape, size and function of a tooth.