What is a crown?
Also called a "cap", a dental crown is placed over a tooth, fully encasing the tooth at and above the gum line. It's purpose is to cover the tooth in order to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its overall appearance.
The dentist will recommend a crown in the following situations:
- A tooth that has become weak from decay may be in danger of breaking and cracking. A crown will hold together the parts of the tooth to prevent breakage.
- A tooth that has been severely worn down or broken can be restored by a crown.
- When a tooth has a large filling and not much else of the tooth is left, a crown can cover and support it.
- A bridge that needs to be kept in place can be kept in place by a crown or crowns.
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
- To make a cosmetic modification.