The crown of a tooth is the part that is visible in your mouth. An artificial crown is used to
protect a broken, weakened or heavily filled tooth. They can also be used to improve the
appearance of discoloured or crooked teeth.
Crowns can be made of many different materials, such as metals or ceramics.
The dentist will shape your tooth so that when the artificial crown is fitted over the top, it will be the same shape and size of a normal tooth.
The time taken to prepare your tooth for a crown will depend on how damaged the tooth is. If the tooth has died, or there isn’t enough left to support a crown, it may have to be root-filled first. The crown is sometimes held in place by a peg or “post” if a lot of natural tooth
structure is missing.
Your dentist will need to take a mould of your mouth to get an exact impression of the tooth, so that the crown can be made accurately.
A temporary crown made of plastic is placed over the top of your tooth until the crown is made. You can chew on a temporary crown, but it won’t be as strong as the finished one, and can easily pick up food stains and become discoloured.
When your crown is fitted at your next visit, your dentist will check to make sure you can bite comfortably, and make any changes needed.
A crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth.