A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and/or to improve its appearance.
The crown, when cemented (glued) into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
When is a crown needed?
A dental crown may be needed to:
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restore an already broken/badly decayed tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left, thus increasing its strength
- Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth to improve its appearance
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
Are there different type of crowns?
Crowns can be made from different materials:
- All Ceramic (Porcelain)
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM)
- All Metal (Gold)
Want to find out more about Dental Crowns ...
You probably have questions. We can answer them and, based on an analysis of your situation, tell you whether a dental crown would be right for you. To have a crown you should have healthy gums and adequate tooth structure to retain the crown.