What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, sometimes also known as a “cap”, is a restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth.

Why do I need a dental crown?

A dental crown is often needed when a large cavity threatens the on-going health of a tooth. They can also be used to improve the appearance and function of your tooth by restoring its normal shape and size, and making it stronger.

What is a dental crown made from?

A dental crown can be made from a variety of different materials, from precious metals to porcelain bonded. These are usually used for strength and in cases where a heavy occlusion occurs. More cosmetic options, particularly for front teeth, is a porcelain dental crown which looks very natural leaving no black line at the gum margin as seen with some traditional crowns.

How long will a dental crown last?

Typically your dentist would expect a dental crown to last 10 years or longer, however this is dependent on several factors such as, the forces exposed to the crown, i.e. biting, chewing, grinding and accidental trauma. It is also dependent on each individual’s oral hygiene routine and whether the dental crown is free from plaque.