A crown is usually made of porcelain or gold. It’s a type of cap that’s used to rebuild and strengthen a weak or broken tooth.
Many people have crowns these days. They help to improve the appearance of your teeth, while also protecting and strengthening a damaged tooth.
Crowns can be used to improve your smile by changing the shape and colour of your existing teeth. Getting a crown fitted can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth.
If you need a crown for a tooth at the front of your mouth, your dentist will usually match the existing colour of your teeth with a porcelain tooth. Sometimes people may choose a lighter colour for cosmetic reasons. For a back tooth you can have a porcelain crown however your dentist might recommend a gold crown due to its strength and durability. Your dentist will discuss all of the options available to you, because each case is unique.
Between the stages of preparing a tooth for a crown and placement of the final crown, a temporary crown is cemented onto your tooth to protect it.
With good oral hygiene and care, crowns can last as long as 15 years. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.