A crown is a dental restoration which completely caps or encircles every surface of the tooth. Crowns are often needed when a heavily filled tooth breaks or the aesthetics of a discoloured tooth need to be improved.
Crowns can be made of many materials (porcelain, Porcelain bonded to metal, metal and composite resins) and are indirect dental restorations made on models in laboratory constructed from impressions the dentist has taken in the patientâ€™s mouth after your dentist has prepared the tooth. They are held in place by dental cement.
Crowns fit into band 3 NHS charge, under NHS regulations tooth coloured crowns can be placed from the second premolar to the central incisors, molar crowns on the NHS are made of gold coloured metal, which is not as aesthetically good but much stronger to cope with the load of chewing.
The practice offers private crowns as well which are more tailored to the variations of the individual patients, whilst the fit is no better, the technicians can match the aesthetics of the crown in a more detailed way by spending much more time fabricating the crown.