If the tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance and function. You may need a crown after a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth. Crowns can last a lifetime and are an ideal especially to restore teeth that have been heavily filled and become weak, badly broken and to restore the shine of your teeth.
Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of mis-shaped or discoloured teeth.
Preparation time will vary depending on the condition of the damaged tooth. The tooth will be reshaped, to ensure that once the crown is fitted, it remains the same size and shape as the natural teeth. Crowns are made of porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain for better aesthetics. A local anesthetic is usually given prior to preparation, to avoid any discomfort.