A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap'.
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are being introduced all the time. Here are some of the most popular options:
this is what most crowns are made from. A precious or non-precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
this modern material is metal free. It can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. This makes it suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
these crowns look very natural and are used on both front and back teeth.
gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other metals to increase its strength, which makes it a very hard-wearing restoration. These crowns are silver or gold in colour.
The enamel on the top surface on your tooth, is the hardest part of your entire body.
A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit & vegetables can help prevent gum disease.
Visiting a Dentist twice a year is imperative for dental health.
Babies' teeth begin to develop before they are born, but in most cases don't come through until they're between 6 and 12 months old.
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.
There are 32 adult teeth in total – 12 more than in the baby set.