What Are Dental Crowns?

A Dental Crown is a new outer shell, made for and fitted to a tooth by your Dentist. It may be done to restore strength, integrity, function and/or cosmetic appearance. So badly damaged and weakened, or aesthetically compromised teeth are the usual candidates.

To make room for the crown a minimal outer layer of the tooth is removed under local anaesthetic by your Dentist, an impression (mould) is taken and a temporary crown placed. Shade matching is also performed before the new crown is made in a Dental Laboratory. The finished crown is then cemented in place approximately two weeks later. The finished crown is usually made of ceramic material (porcelain), however the inner (unseen) core may be constructed from a precious metal to enhance strength.

Crowns (and sometimes veneers) can be used to change the shade, alignment and shape of the front teeth giving dramatic improvements in a relatively short timescale.

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