A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. It is used to cover the tooth in order to restore its shape, size, strength, and to improve its appearance. The crown can be for temporary or permanent use. Once fitted it will encase the entire visible portion of a tooth at and above the gum line.
Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have been broken or have been weakened by decay or where a very large filling is required.
A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, such as:
- you may have a discolored filling and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- you may have had a root canal filling and need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth
- it may help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
Crowns come in three main readily available materials:-
- Acrylic, and
- Stainless Steel.
Gold and silver crowns are also an option.