Dental crowns help restore and provide a protective shell to discolored, damaged, or decayed teeth.
Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface.
When are crowns used instead of fillings?
- A crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren’t able to repair the problem.
- The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth.
- Crowns can also be used to return a tooth to its original shape.
While crowns come in different materials, the most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth.