A crown is a type of dental restoration, commonly made using porcelain, which fits on top of and around your existing tooth underneath. You might need a crown if your tooth is very worn down or if you have had a root canal and need to protect the structure of your tooth from damage.
Crowns can also be used to improve the look of a tooth if there is not enough remaining enamel for a veneer.
First, your dentist takes an impression of your damaged tooth using an intraoral scanner, which is a thin hand-held device that we move carefully around your mouth to take pictures. This makes the process quick, easy and comfortable.
Next, we send your impressions to a dental laboratory where a dental technician will use them to create your crown. It will be custom designed for you so that it fits over your existing tooth and blends in with the rest of your teeth.
When your dentist receives your dental crown from the laboratory, they will prepare your existing tooth so that it can be fitted over the top.
They restore the function of your natural tooth by strengthening the remaining structure.
They are custom made to match the rest of your teeth in terms of colour, shape and size, so you get a final result that looks natural.
They are strong and sturdy, so you can bite and chew without worrying.