A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” 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.
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 hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Porcelain Crowns. When the size of a “filling” exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a “cap” also called a “crown.” Porcelain crowns look very natural and don’t have a dark metal line. Porcelain crowns reflect light with a natural healthy glow. Ask us about less invasive, undetectable, beautiful crowns that fit teeth the way a baseball cap fits over your head