Crowns are tooth-shaped caps which fit over your teeth. Crowns can be used over teeth that are heavily filled, discoloured or have been root-filled. They can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your front teeth. Crowns can also be placed if a tooth is broken whilst eating or as a result of an accident. Accidents are usually covered under ACC, but it is important to discuss this with your dentist as there are forms to fill out for this.

Crowns provide strong, attractive, long term protection for your mouth. They are made of either porcelain or gold. The porcelain ‘tooth' may have a gold or metal core for added strength. Your dentist can tell you which of your teeth would best be protected by crowns before problems develop.

A Bridge is a group of crowns joined together which is bonded into the mouth to replace a missing tooth. The alternative option for replacing a missing tooth can often be an implant.