Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Crowns are caps made to fit over an existing tooth. Usually they are put in place to protect weak fillings or cover up broken or discoloured teeth. They are also recommended following a root canal to protect the remaining tooth whose strength is often compromised by the extensive decay and infection that may have been present.

Crowns are tailored specifically to each patient and there are several types of crowns that can be used. Your dentist will choose the best option to ensure an aesthetic and long-lasting crown.

What are the different types of Dental Crowns?

Bonded Crown
Bonded crowns offer a more conservative approach, preserving more of the natural tooth structure. They are typically made from materials like porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin, providing a natural appearance and durability. Bonded crowns are a popular choice for those seeking a balance between function, aesthetics, and preservation of natural tooth structure.

Ceramic Crowns
Ceramic crowns are a type of dental crown made entirely of ceramic material, known for their natural appearance and biocompatibility. These crowns are particularly popular for restoring front teeth due to their ability to mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are favored for their lifelike appearance and compatibility with the body's tissues, making them a preferred option for achieving a natural, healthy-looking smile.

Pressed Crowns
Pressed crowns, also known as pressed ceramic crowns, are dental crowns created using a process where ceramic material is pressed into a mold under high pressure. This method ensures a precise fit and high strength. Pressed crowns combine the benefits of high strength and excellent aesthetics, making them a versatile choice for various dental restorations

Layered Crowns
Also known as porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns or layered ceramic crowns, consist of a metal substructure with a porcelain or ceramic overlay. This combination provides both strength and a natural appearance. Layered crowns offer a balance between the robust strength of metal and the natural appearance of porcelain, making them a popular choice for dental restorations.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Restores tooth functionality

Crowns restore the ability to chew and bite properly, especially for teeth that are damaged or weakened.

Protects the tooth

Crowns provide protection against further damage or decay, preserving the underlying tooth structure.

Improves tooth appearance

Crowns can enhance the appearance of a tooth by covering imperfections such as discoloration, chips, or irregularities.


With proper care, dental crowns can last for many years, providing a durable solution for restoring and preserving tooth structure.

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Dental Crowns FAQs

What is a Dental Crown?

Crowns are ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. People sometimes refer to crowns as 'caps'.

Why would I need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are usually either a preventative or restorative measure. There are several reasons why your dentist might suggest a dental crown.

If a tooth is decaying a crown may be placed over it to protect it or hold it together. If you have a worn down or cracked tooth a crown may be placed over it to restore its appearance.

Dental crowns may also be placed over a tooth that is breaking apart around a large filling. They can also help keep a dental bridge in place.

Crowns are also used for purely aesthetic reasons like to cover a severely misshapen or discoloured tooth.

How long to Dental Crowns last?

Dental tooth crowns can last anywhere up to 15  years. The amount of time that your crown lasts will largely depend on your oral health routine.

If you brush twice a day and floss daily, your crown is likely to last a much longer time than if you only brush once a day or don’t floss. If you grind your teeth, make sure to invest in a night guard to help make your crowns last longer.