Crowns from £600*
*Please note that the fees for crowns vary depending on the type of crown, the complexity of each case and the materials used.
A dental crown, sometimes known as a 'cap' is used as restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown fits over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
The dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing a layer of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. Once the tooth is shaped, the dental team will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth.
In root-filled teeth it may be necessary to insert a post into the tooth root before placing a crown. A post gives support and helps the crown to stay in place. The surface of the tooth may be removed down to the level of the gum.
When you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown, it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive. The cement forms a seal to hold the crown in place.
How long your crown lasts depends on how well you look after it. Properly cared for crowns should last for many years.