A crown, also sometimes called a “cap”, is a covering that sits over the top of the tooth creating a surface to protect, cover, seal and strengthen your tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, it becomes the tooth's new outer surface.


When would I need a crown?

Crowns are used in many different scenarios and the ultimate goal is to save a tooth rather than turning to extractions and implants. Situations where a crown may be the solution include:

- Larger fillings that have so severely broken down that a simple filling is not an option anymore.

- Presence of new decay around big restorations

- A cracked tooth may need a crown to hold it together. Be careful not to wait too long as an - untreated cracked tooth can become sensitive or eventually break.

- Teeth that are very sensitive, either from a lot of "wear", or from receded gums, sometimes require crowns to seal and protect the teeth from hot and cold sensitivity.

- A tooth that has broken may be too weak to hold a filling. A crown will allow us to rebuild the tooth and prevent it from breaking again. If the fracture is too deep, Root Canal Therapy may be required before the tooth is crowned.

- A tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy will need a crown to properly seal and protect the tooth, as the tooth becomes very brittle.

- Misaligned teeth can be crowned to made them look straight again and improve your occlusion.

Crowns can be made out of different materials, including gold, porcelain, other metal alloys or a combination of both. Our practice offers all types of crown but we normally propose tooth-colored crowns that can be matched to existing teeth for the most natural looking smile.