Crowns (or caps) are a very successful way of restoring heavily restored or broken teeth.
The preparation for a crown is similar for all the different types of crown available. After a discussion with you about the type of crown we are going to make, the tooth is very carefully shaped. An impression is taken and a custom-made temporary crown is made to fit your tooth. The colour and any characteristics of your new crown are also decided at this appointment. We often ask you to bring photographs of your teeth with you to this appointment so we can ensure your new crown will match your teeth perfectly. At the next appointment we will try your new crowns and check they look good and fit well. If we think they look as good as they should, we bond them permanently onto your teeth.
This is always the most difficult question to answer as it mostly depends upon how well you look after them. We have patients who have crowns which we fitted over twenty years ago. If well maintained then you should expect a crown to last 10-15 years, after which time they may need replacing due to normal wear and tear and discolouration of your teeth next to the crown.
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or contain a very large filling.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more appealing smile. Additionally, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.