The crown is the visible part of the tooth. A dental crown helps restore a badly damaged or fragile tooth. A crown covers your tooth in order to prevent future damage.
Unlike veneers, crowns cover the whole visible part of the tooth.
You may need a crown for several of the following reasons: to restore a tooth after a root canal, to repair a broken tooth, to repair a tooth that has several fillings or one large filling, to protect a fragile or cracked tooth or for esthetic reasons when a tooth is discolored.
Crowns may also improve the shape and appearance of a tooth. In case of a missing tooth, a crown may be fixed to a dental implant.
During your first visit for your crown, we will prepare the tooth then take a dental impression of your teeth. A temporary crown is placed over your prepared tooth while your crown is made in a dental laboratory. Crowns are very resistant and can be made of ceramic or porcelain. In some cases, various metals maybe used as well to help build the crown.