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A dental crown is a ‘shell’ that your dentist makes to fit over the top of a tooth to strengthen it. Some people call them “caps”.
Crowns are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. They can also be used to improve teeth that are discoloured, mis-shapen or misaligned. Crowns make the tooth stronger and can make a huge improvement in how it looks. There are many different types of crown – all-ceramic crowns are very popular because they have excellent aesthetics and are very hard to tell apart from ‘real’ teeth; plus they’re strong and long-lasting.
- They are tooth-coloured! This sounds obvious, but no-one will notice them once within your mouth, making them suitable for any tooth.
- They are natural-looking. Crowns have excellent aesthetic properties, so they are often almost impossible to tell apart from natural teeth. They’re generally regarded as the most natural-looking kind of dental restoration.
- They’re very strong. This means they’re ideal for repairing and restoring teeth that have been badly damaged or extensively restored in the past.
- They can change the shape or even position of your teeth. Crowns aren’t just good at mimicking a “real tooth” – when they’re placed there’s a degree of flexibility so the dentist can also change the shape or even the apparent position of the tooth.
- They’re excellent for repairing teeth after root canal. The figures are clear – where our dentist, Joanne Giddy, places a crown on a tooth after root canal therapy, 86% will survive for 10 years or more without any further treatment. Where patients choose a filling instead, just 65% make it to the 10-year mark; so it may be cheaper but it’s a false economy.
- They’re durable – they usually last over 10 years and frequently much longer than that – we have cases where crowns have lasted 20 or even 30 years.