Crowns and Post Crowns

Crowns and Post Crowns

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 ‘cap’.

In root-filled teeth it may be necessary to insert a post into the tooth root before placing a crown.

A post gives support and helps the crown to stay in place. The surface of the tooth may be removed down to the level of the gum.

What to expect


Procedure: the tooth is initially examined and x-rayed to ensure its strong and healthy enough to receive a crown.

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 jaws and possibly another to show the way you bite together.

A temporary crown will be made so that you can use the tooth while you wait for the crown to be made.

This crown may be more noticeable but is only temporary.


When you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown, it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive.

The cement forms a seal to hold the crown in place.

Advantages of crowns and post crowns

  • Support a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay
  • Protect a tooth that has worn away from being damaged further
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
  • Hold a severely cracked or broken tooth together



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