A crown, also referred to as a ‘cap,’ is a dental restoration that is placed over an existing tooth to create a smoother, cleaner look, and enhance strength and durability. When a tooth is fractured, has an outdated filling, or is severely damaged by decay, the placement of a crown may be recommended. Acting as a ‘helmet’ that goes over or ‘caps’ an existing tooth, crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure, restore size and shape, and can improve the overall appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, the full porcelain crown, and the all-metal crown.
Dental crowns can restore more than just the appearance of your teeth. Since a crown is made to be the same size and shape as your natural tooth, they can help to keep your jaw and bite aligned. This also helps to stop your other teeth from shifting locations, or taking on a greater share of the work of biting and chewing, which could potentially result in TMJ pain.