What are Dental Crowns?

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. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.

Crowns are an ideal way to repair 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 example:

  • to replace a discoloured filling to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • to protect what is left of a tooth with root filling
  • It may help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.