A dental crown is a ‘shell’ that your dentist makes to fit over the top of a tooth to strengthen it.  Some people call them “caps”.

Crowns are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth.  They can also be used to improve teeth that are discoloured, mis-shapen or misaligned.  Crowns make the tooth stronger and can make a huge improvement in how it looks.  There are many different types of crown – all-ceramic crowns are very popular because they have excellent aesthetics and are very hard to tell apart from ‘real’ teeth; plus they’re strong and long-lasting.


  • They are tooth-coloured!  This sounds obvious, but no-one will notice them once within your mouth, making them suitable for any tooth.
  • They are natural-looking.  Crowns have excellent aesthetic properties, so they are often almost impossible to tell apart from natural teeth.  They’re generally regarded as the most natural-looking kind of dental restoration.
  • They’re very strong.  This means they’re ideal for repairing and restoring teeth that have been badly damaged or extensively restored in the past.
  • They can change the shape or even position of your teeth.  Crowns aren’t just good at mimicking a “real tooth” – when they’re placed there’s a degree of flexibility so the dentist can also change the shape or even the apparent position of the tooth.
  • They’re excellent for repairing teeth after root canal.  The figures are clear – where our dentist, Joanne Giddy, places a crown on a tooth after root canal therapy, 86% will survive for 10 years or more without any further treatment.  Where patients choose a filling instead, just 65% make it to the 10-year mark; so it may be cheaper but it’s a false economy.
  • They’re durable – they usually last over 10 years and frequently much longer than that – we have cases where crowns have lasted 20 or even 30 years.