The crown of a tooth is that part which is visible in the mouth.  An artificial crown, also known as a cap, completely covers a weak tooth and protects it. It’s made from either metal or porcelain (with metal inside for strength) and is cemented onto your tooth. Crowns can be fitted where a tooth has broken, decayed or been damaged.  In some cases they can be used simply to improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth – a service not generally available on the NHS.

To fit a crown, the old tooth will need to be filed down and shaped so that it can receive the artificial crown. Moulds are taken of your tooth and sent to highly skilled technicians in a dental laboratory where the crown is hand crafted. It usually takes two weeks from when the moulds are taken to when the crown returns from the laboratory for fitting. There are various types of crowns ranging from simple metal to computer generated cosmetic crowns, please ask your dentist for details.