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Dental Crowns & Caps

A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.

Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials:

  • Porcelain bonded to precious metal – a precious metal base is made, and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
  • Porcelain crowns – these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain; they are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
  • All-ceramic crowns – offers a metal-free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown; suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
  • Porcelain and composite – can sometimes look the most natural; they are not as strong as bonded metal crowns.

Your dentist will advise which crown is most suitable for your individual needs following a full and thorough clinical examination and assessment.

If you are based in Ipswich and need a crown to repair a damaged tooth, please contact the team at Lighthouse Dental to book in.


1. What are the benefits?

Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could also be used for discoloured fillings if you would like to improve the tooth’s appearance. Properly cared-for crowns should last for many years, and your dentist will be able to tell you how long the crown may be expected to last.

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