A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It will also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
Dr Rory McEnhill graduated from Queens University, Belfast in 2001. He returned back to Ireland in 2006 from private practice in London. It was whilst in London that he embarked on extensive postgraduate training. He has completed a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Institute. In addition to this, he has been awarded a Master’s degree in restorative and aesthetic dentistry from the University of Manchester.
This patient had a gap between her front two teeth and also a fractured lateral incisor. The broken tooth was removed and an implant placed immediately. After a period of healing, a crown was fabricated for the implant and also a crown for the adjacent tooth to close the gap. The final result rejuvenating this patient's smile.