Dental crowns are generally used to restore broken or badly damaged teeth that can no longer support a filling. Crowns are also recommended to strengthen cracked or root-filled teeth. Essentially, a crown is like a “cap” that fits over the top of your tooth.
Crowns can be made of ceramic, zirconia (a tooth coloured metal) or gold. Your dentist will be able to discuss your options and recommend a suitable material for the best aesthetics and function. If done well, crowns can be matched to your adjacent teeth and resemble a natural tooth.
Two appointments are necessary to place a crown. The first appointment involves the preparation of your tooth and taking a mould of your tooth. This is then sent to an Australian dental laboratory and your crown is custom made for your tooth. Two weeks later, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown cemented into place.