Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: August 17, 2020
Why a crown
A crown is essentially a “hat” that sits on top of a compromised tooth and can protect and strengthen the tooth. We often recommend this for teeth that have had extensive fillings, root canal treatment or lost strength due to previous decay or cracked teeth.
Crowns are extremely versatile so they can be used to align crowding or protruding teeth, close gaps between teeth and even lighten tooth colour. Our Master Ceramist Technician always ensures crowns are designed to suit neighbouring teeth in shape, translucency and colour.
What is a crown?
Unlike a veneer, a crown covers the entire tooth. These are great for restoring broken or chipped teeth and can be used as part of a Smile Makeover for certain teeth (especially in the back of the mouth). An alternative to crowns, which we use very regularly are onlays, which provide the same results and strength as crowns, but require minimal preparation of the tooth underneath.
Similarly to veneers, onlays and crowns can be made from many materials but advancement in porcelain crowns means they are often the best choice. These are able to look like natural teeth and not leave the ‘black line’ at gum level, which are often seen in traditional crowns. These crowns were often made of metal with a porcelain cover, these can show up as dark lines around near the gum line, we only use porcelain materials as these are far stronger and aesthetic and can solve these problems.
Crowns can rival the strength and appearance of natural teeth and are designed and fitted to ensure long-lasting changes to the smile and bite.
What is the process of getting a crown?
All our treatment plans are completely bespoke and agreed upon during the first assessment. The below is if simply fitting a crown or two, although often crowns can be embedded into our treatment plans.