Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it is possible for the teeth to become chipped, worn and broken. The enamel can be damaged through injury, but it can also be worn down by harmful acids, which are released by bacteria in the mouth; once the enamel starts to wear, bacteria can reach other parts of the tooth and decay can weaken the tooth. If you have a broken, damaged or decayed tooth, a crown may be the best treatment option; crowns may also be recommended following root canal treatment and after a dental implant has been fitted.
Crowns are restorative treatments, which are designed to make the teeth stronger so that there is a lower risk of injury in the future; if the tooth remains weak or an infection is left untreated, it may result in permanent damage to the affected tooth.
There are various different materials, which can be used to create crowns, from precious metals, to ceramics, which are best for those looking for a natural look.
Crowns are made to fit over the natural tooth and each one is custom-made to ensure that it fits the tooth perfectly; first, the tooth is cleaned and all the decayed tissue is removed before a mould is created and a temporary crown is fitted. In the second treatment session, the new crown is fitted; not only will this crown make the tooth stronger, it will also improve the aesthetic of the smile.