Dr Ben Dunster
General Dentist

What is a crown?

A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a dental restoration designed to repair and protect a tooth when it develops certain conditions or suffers from damage.

  • Dental decay
  • Replacing a filling
  • Protection after root canal treatment
  • Aesthetic improvements
  • Fractures and cracks
  • Worn teeth

In most cases, patients prefer a porcelain crown customised to match the colour and shape of surrounding teeth. In some cases, we may recommend a porcelain and metal blend or a full gold crown, depending on your unique needs and the location of the tooth in question. Anterior teeth almost always have tooth-coloured crowns while posterior teeth can benefit from metal or porcelain blends for patients with active bruxing (teeth grinding) habits.

The application of a dental crown can reduce discomfort and extend the life of your tooth by decades when cared for properly. While dental crowns themselves cannot decay, the area around the gumline is still susceptible, and good oral hygiene will extend the life of your crown and improve your dental health.

If you suspect you need a crown or have an oral health condition that requires the expertise of an experienced dentist, we invite you to get in touch. Our Hornsby dental clinic is conveniently located near the train station, so you can pop in before or after work for an evaluation.