Usually porcelain, because the colour can be matched to your existing teeth. The porcelain 'tooth' may have a gold or metal core for strength. If a natural appearance is not essential (eg. at the back of your mouth), a gold or metal crown may be used.
Front teeth with large fillings
After with bonded porcelain crowns
Front six teeth with old fillings
Fitted with porcelain crowns
Your dentist reduces the size of the existing filling and tooth to make room for the new crown, then takes a mould which is sent to a dental technician. Sometimes the filling in the tooth to be crowned is completely removed to check for decay and to rebuild the tooth for increased strength.
Your dentist will fit a temporary crown to cover your tooth until the permanent crown has been made by a dental technician.
Once your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.
It may be best if you do, but there are many factors to consider. Your dentist will discuss the most appropriate order of your treatment plan.
Crowns provide strong, attractive, longterm protection for your mouth.
Yes, because the crown is made to match the colour of your teeth. If you whiten your teeth later, the crown will not change colour, and will appear darker compared to the rest of your teeth.
Heavily filled or broken tooth
Crown fitted over the shaped tooth
A strong natural looking result