A crown (also known as a cap) is sometimes constructed and used to fix teeth which have been badly broken or weakened by decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that have large fillings in them and the remainder of the tooth is starting to deteriorate.
Your dentist will discuss with you what materials are available to use in the construction of your crown.
Metal-free crowns are also available providing a great cosmetic result. We work closely with our laboratory technicians who will construct your crown, often sending them clinical photographs of your teeth so they can match your newly constructed crown as closely as possible to your natural teeth.
Crowns are also recommended for teeth that have undergone root canal treatment as this helps protect the remaining tooth, preventing it from splitting which of course would be catastrophic for the tooth. Crowns are not needed in all cases and we will make our recommendations accordingly.
Crowns can also be used to help secure dentures in place with special rests or grooves in the crown where dentures can then precisely fit helping to improve the stability of the dentures.
Crowns are also used to help anchor bridges in place.