A crown can be used to restore tooth that has been heavily restored or is badly broken. Sometimes known as a 'cap', a crown fits completely over the whole of a tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration or large fillings.

Made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic, crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge or affixed to a dental implant.

The provision of a crown not only restores teeth but can also help to strengthen and protect the tooth and in some cases can be used to improve its appearance.

Crowns have a number of benefits:

  • Can protect and strengthen the tooth
  • Natural-looking
  • Fixed in place
  • Durable
  • Enhance the appearance of a tooth


A natural-looking dental bridge can successfully fill in spaces and help restore your confidence. A more stable alternative to dentures, dental bridges are an effective way to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a false tooth, positioned between two crowns, which are cemented to the teeth either side of a gap (known as abutment teeth) or they can be held in place by dental implants. They are usually made from porcelain fused to a metal or ceramic base, to offer a blend of strength and more pleasing aesthetics.

Bridges have a number of benefits:

  • As well as restoring an incomplete smile, bridges can offer a host of other benefits, including:
  • Improving how you eat and speak
  • Enhancing facial contours
  • Distributing the forces in your bite correctly
  • Preventing remaining teeth from moving out of position

How Long Do They Last?

Crowns & Bridges can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made from plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximize strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease.

Ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture. Avoid chewing excessively-hard substances like ice or bones. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the crown trouble-free. The most vulnerable portion of the crown is the margin or the junction between tooth and crown.

Regular check-ups will enable your dentist to detect any problems with your crown and recommend necessary treatment.