Dental crowns are used for a number of reasons in restorative dentistry: to protect the tooth after a root filling, to rebuild the shape and size of a tooth after damage/decay, or to hold a bridge or denture in place.
A crown – or cap – fits over the existing tooth or implant and can be made from a variety of materials: porcelain, ceramic or gold.
Normally two visits will be required to prepare and fit a new crown. During the first visit, your tooth will be prepared by removing and shaping the outer surface. Impressions will then be taken to produce the crown and a temporarily cap fitted so that you can continue to eat and drink normally.
During the second visit the temporary crown will be removed and the new one fitted. Local anaesthetic will be used throughout so that you’ll not feel any pain.
Caring for your crown requires no special treatment; simply regular brushing, flossing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Further guidance will be given by your dentist after treatment is finished.