What are Crowns?

Crowns are used to rebuild teeth which are broken, weak or change the way a tooth looks, they are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.

There are essentially 3 types of crown:

  • Full metal crowns (appear silver or gold in colour)
  • Porcelain bonded to Metal crown (tooth coloured porcelain with an inner core of metal)
  • All porcelain crown (tooth coloured, metal free and the most natural looking)

Your dentist will discuss with you which crown you would like and what is suitable.

What is involved?

The tooth would be prepared to ensure there is the correct space and shape for the crown which fits over the remaining tooth making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth.

Once the tooth is shaped correctly an impression is taken of the tooth  and of the opposing jaw. A shade is chosen if you are having a tooth coloured crown, this will match up with your existing teeth as close as possible. This is then sent to a dental Laboratory where our skilled dental technicians will create your crown.

During this time a custom made temporary crown may be made to protect the tooth whilst the crown is being fabricated in the dental laboratory.

Then at the second appointment the new crown is cemented to your remaining tooth and then checks are made to ensure it sits well in your mouth.

This gentleman has had his front teeth crowned, some of the teeth were already crowned and some were broken down.


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Crowns from Spondon Dental in Derby