A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to: -
1. Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining.
2. Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
3. Restore a fractured tooth
4. Attach a bridge
5. Cover a dental implant
6. Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
7. Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.