A crown is a porcelain or gold cap that is used to rebuild and strengthen a weak or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to improve your smile by changing the shape and colour of your existing teeth. The dentist will discuss options suitable for your case.
If a crown is required for a tooth at the front of your mouth, then the dentist is likely to choose a porcelain tooth or a tooth of a lighter colour. Further back in your mouth, if a crown is required, it may be made of porcelain, however your dentist may recommend a gold crown because of its strength and longevity.
To place a crown the dentist will remove all decay and weak areas of a damaged tooth are removed and take an impression of the tooth. This impression is sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of your tooth. There are many stages to forming the crown. During this time a temporary crown will be cemented onto your tooth to protect it. At a later visit your new crown will be bonded into position and will be ready to use straightaway.
"If you get your teeth checked out regularly, you can get them sorted before they get worse."