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. It is often utilised for cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover treatments.













Crowns are the ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. a crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:

  • you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth

  • you may have had a root canal filling which may need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth


Crowns are made of a variety of different materials and new materials are continuously being developed. Some of the widely used crowns are listed below.

  • Porcelain bonded to precious metal - this is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal base has layers of porcelain applied over it.

  • Porcelain crowns - these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they look very aesthetic and are mostly used for the front teeth.

  • All ceramic crowns - this modern technique offers a metal-free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. It is suitable for use in all ares of the mouth.

  • Gold alloy crowns - gold is used with other metal alloys to increase its strength and makes it a very hard wearing restoration.