Dental crowns encase the tooth on which they are cemented. Since dental crowns cover the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made from porcelain or metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both.
YOUR DENTIST MAY PRESCRIBE A CROWN TO:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
The type of crown your dentist recommends will depend on the tooth involved and on your personal preference. To make a crown, the existing tooth is shaped and an impression is taken. The crown is then fabricated in a dental laboratory by a highly skilled dental technician.
Before & After Crown Treatment Photos: