A crown is used to entirely cover or ‘cap’ a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
A crown could be recommended to:
- Replace a large filling when there is insufficient tooth remaining for a new filling.
- Protect a weak tooth from further fracture
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth
- Cover a tooth after root canal treatment
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials for example metal, porcelain fused to metal and porcelain only.
Crowns are available on the NHS (Band3) however, the material is dependant on the position of the crown in the mouth. For example a metal crown on a back tooth to help restore the tooth from a functional perspective. Speak to your dentist regarding this.
You can discuss with your dentist alternative cosmetic options on a private basis which includes reinforced all ceramic (strong tooth-coloured) crowns or full gold crowns.