What are crowns?
Dental crowns are dental restorations that are designed to protect and repair damaged teeth. They sit on top of the tooth and are sometimes known as caps. Crowns are often made from ceramic materials, as they match the colour of the teeth. However, it is possible for crowns to be made from metals, including gold.
You may be advised to have a crown if:
- you have a broken tooth
- you have had a large filling the past
- you have damaged your tooth as a result of an injury
- you have severe decay
- you have an infection that has spread to the living tissue of the tooth, known as the pulp.
We can also attach new crowns to dental implants to replace a missing tooth, and we commonly fit crowns following root canal treatment.
What will my tooth feel like after treatment?
When you have a crown, your tooth won’t really feel any different. However, it may feel stronger and it will probably look more attractive. With a crown, you can use the tooth as normal and you will probably find that your tooth works better than it did before.
How long should a crown last?
Crowns typically last for about 10 years. However, their lifespan is dependent on the individual. It’s important to take good care of the crown to reduce the risk of damage. Although the actual crown cannot decay, the tooth tissue that joins the crown can, so good oral hygiene is a must.