What are Crowns?
- A crown is a type of indirect restoration.
- They are often referred to as a “cap”.
- As the name suggests it is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement.
- Crowns are used when a direct filling, inlay/onlay are not suitable.
What are the types of crowns?
- These are the least destructive of crowns and very good for restoring the function and shape of teeth.
- They are the most long-standing crown with a very good history.
- They are usually silver.
- Full gold can be used but due to the very high cost of gold they are by far the most costly crown option.
- Due to the colour they are usually used to restore back teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal
- These try to combine the strength of metal with a natural appearance by having metal inside with porcelain fused over the top.
- They are very strong with good aesthetics.
- They have a good history of success.
- They are good option for back teeth.
All porcelain or ceramic
- Theses crowns are all porcelain with no metal.
- They are used to provide the best aesthetic results.
- As there is no metal they transmit light in the most natural way giving the most life-like appearance of all crowns.
- They are best suited to front teeth where aesthetics is crucial.
- They are more complex to produce so are a more expensive option.
What are the benefits of a crown?
- They enable us to prolong the lifespan of a badly broken down tooth.
- They can be used to improve the appearance or shape of a tooth.