What is a crown?

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. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.

What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?

A crown encases the entire tooth, a veneer just its front side. A fundamental difference between veneers and crowns is how much of the tooth they cover over. Crowns typically encase the entire tooth, whereas veneers only cover over its front surface (the side that shows when the person smiles).

Why would I need a Crown?

Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example:

  • you may have a discoloured filling and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • you may have had a root filling and need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth
  • it may help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

What is a crown made of?

Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are continually being introduced. Some of the most popular options are listed below.

Porcelain bonded to precious metal: this is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.

Porcelain: these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns. But they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.

All-ceramic: this modern technique offers a metal-free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. Therefore it is suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.

Glass: these crowns look very natural and can be used anywhere in the mouth.

Gold-alloy crowns: gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other metal alloys to increase its strength, which makes it very hardwearing. These crowns are silver or gold in color.

How is a crown prepared?

The dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing a layer of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.

Once the tooth is shaped, the dental team will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and possibly another to show the way you bite together.

The impressions will then be given to a dental technician, along with information about the shade to use and any other information they need.


A crown encases the entire tooth, a veneer just its front side.


Placing a dental crown requires a lot of tooth trimming.


LUMINEERS® 360 Crown

We’ve taken LUMINEERS full circle with our LUMINEERS 360 crowns. These crowns preserve tooth structure, minimize pulp irritation and eliminate shoulder prep while saving 3mm of tooth structure. They are fashioned by technicians that are skilled artisans in the craft of crown fabrication and the manipulation of Cerinate® porcelain. Next-generation Cerinate gives LUMINEERS 360 crowns increased strength and esthetics, producing the most natural-looking, least invasive full-coverage anterior crown.

IPS e.max® zirCAD Crown

IPS e.max ZirCAD crowns achieve optimum light transmission and a high fracture resistance. These crowns are milled out of partially sintered, yttrium-stabilized zirconium oxide blocks (1000 MPa) and layered with Ivoclar Vivadent ceramic for a crown that offers lifelike beauty, outstanding biocompatibility and resistance to anterior and posterior masticatory forces.

IPS e.max® CALD Crown

Our experienced technicians digitally design the IPS e.max CAD lithium disilicate crown, which is then milled from a partially sintered, all-porcelain ingot in the Sirona inLab® CAM system. IPS e.max CAD crowns offer outstanding biocompatibility, natural light scattering, excellent chroma and true-to-nature brightness. They require no manual polishing and are ideal for anterior and posterior placement. This versatile crown is available in nine A-D shades and four bleach shades.

IPS e.max® CALD Crown, v Crown and ¾ Crown

A superb alternative to PFM or full-cast metal crowns, our lithium disilicate crowns offer good results and value. With lifelike opacity and excellent resilience, LD crowns are a reliable, high-strength, minimally invasive and naturally esthetic metal-free solution.

Cerinate v Crown and ¾ Crown

Our “super chic” Cerinate V crowns and ¾ crowns achieve stunning esthetics, highly authentic replication of enamel, minimally invasive architecture and exceptional strength. With our Cerinate V anterior crowns and ¾ anterior crowns, you get all the benefits of a partial crown, the expertise of the DenMat Lab and the performance of Cerinate.

Truevitality™ v Crown and ¾ Crown

Crafted by our expert Studio technicians, TrueVitality V crowns and ¾ crowns are both minimally invasive and resilient. TrueVitality’s heat-cured composite formulation allows a natural “flex,” enabling these crowns to be thinner than traditional crowns and able to endure applied stress, preventing breakage. For beautiful, long-lasting anterior restorations, choose TrueVitality crowns.

Anterior Crown

The tooth is prepared and an impression taken. A crown is made from the impression and fitted to the tooth.

Posterior Crown

The tooth is prepared. A crown is made and fitted to the tooth.