A Crown is a dental restoration that completely covers a tooth. Crowns are used to restore both front and back teeth that are badly broken down or decayed. They are also used as a permanent restoration on teeth with large ﬁllings and can be used to change the shape of a misshapen or narrow tooth to improve its appearance.
Crowns can be made from plastic, ceramic or metal alloys and where strength is important a combination of metal and ceramic is used.
All – Ceramic Crowns:
- Zirconia – used to improve the appearance of a tooth which has become stained or disﬁgured over the years.
- Emax – used for it’s aesthetic qualities and is long-lasting. It has an appealing translucent colour combined with extra strength and durability.
Metal – Ceramic:
- A strong robust type of crown often ﬁtted into back teeth.
- The vast majority are usually all-ceramic, enabling as natural an appearance as possible:
€700 – €1000
- Post and core. Sometimes required to support and retain the crown: €250
Caring for Crowns
Although the Ceramic Crown will not decay, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease – hence daily ﬂossing and brushing is still necessary. The Ceramic surface could chip however so amid recessively hard substance such as ice.