Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment. Porcelain crowns are the most popular because they are made to match the shape, size and color of your teeth, giving them a natural appearance.
Crowns may be used to…
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Another type of crown is called porcelain fused to metal crowns, which has porcelain fused on most or all parts of the tooth. The advantage of having porcelain fused to metal crowns provides extra stability and strength to the crown. It also is aesthetically pleasing as it has a more natural look.