The crown is the part of your tooth visible in the mouth. An artificial crown will completely cover and protect a weak tooth above your gum line. Crowns are made of metal (silver or gold), dental porcelain, or dental porcelain with metal inside for added strength.
What does fitting a crown involve?
We will first establish how damaged your tooth is and whether it needs to be built up with a filling. If the damage is extensive, your tooth might also need to be root-filled – sometimes called ‘removing the nerve’. If a lot of the tooth is missing or decayed, we may have to place a peg in the root canal to hold the crown. We will then reshape the original crown of your tooth so that when the artificial crown is added, the whole structure will be the same size as a normal tooth.