A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthesis that is placed over a tooth - covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
What types of crowns are available?
Permanent crowns can be made from the following materials:
- All metal
- All resin or
- All ceramic.
Why is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a root canal treated tooth.