The crown will be made to match the shape, shade and appearance of the other teeth as closely as possible. The color of the adjoining teeth will be recorded, to make sure that the crown looks natural and matches the surrounding teeth.
The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist which is then sent to a laboratory. The dental technicians will then fabricate the crown outside of the mouth on cast models. The crown will then be inserted and fitted in the patient’s mouth at a subsequent dental appointment, normally two weeks later.
The benefits of a crown include long-term durability (on average up to 10-15 years provided good oral hygiene standards are maintained) and evidence-based success as compared to other restorations or no treatment. The main disadvantages of restoration with a crown are extensive irreversible tooth preparation and higher costs than for restoration with a filling.
There are various types of crowns available currently in dentistry and they are used for different instances: