Over time, teeth can be damaged, cracked or weakened by decay. Dentists use a crown to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and besides strengthening an impaired tooth, these can be used to improve the appearance, shape and alignment of your teeth.
Dental crowns can be fashioned from ceramic, zirconia, gold, metal alloys or a combination. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by your dentist.
Our team of dental experts may recommend a crown to:
Protect a weak tooth from breaking, or hold together segments of a cracked tooth
Restore an already damaged tooth
Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
Hold a dental bridge in place
Cover a dental implant
Cover a badly shaped or severely discoloured tooth
Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Because we care about the comfort of our patients, we work hard to ensure that this procedure is absolutely pain free and easy to afford. Please ask our team how we can make this procedure comfortable and affordable for you.
How long does a dental crown last?
With good oral hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime. A crown may come loose and just need to be re-bonded to the tooth or fall out if the underlying tooth is damaged by gum disease or tooth decay. While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, it is important to keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Also, remember that regular six monthly checkups and professional cleanings are just as necessary to make sure you maintain optimum oral health of your crown and of the rest of your teeth.