A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth.
A dental crown is tooth-shaped cap that is permanently cemented over a tooth to restore the its strength, shape and size, and improve its appearance. The crown will cover the visible portion of the tooth above and right at the gum line, once it is cemented into place.
Crowns are used to hold weak, broken or cracked teeth together to avoid further fracturing. Crowns are also used to support large fillings, attach a bridge, or cover discolored or deformed teeth. Crowns may also be placed over dental implants.
Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain, which can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other options for crown materials include gold and metal alloys, resin or ceramic. Each type of crown has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to discuss with your dentist what type of crown is right for you.