A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits snuggly over a tooth, completely covering it. Usually a crown is required to restore the size, shape, strength, or appearance of a tooth. Crowns fix these issues by completely encasing the visible portion of the tooth that lies above the gumline.
A crown may be needed in the following situations:
- for a weak/cracked tooth (ie: from decay)
- for a tooth that is already broken or that has been severely worn down
- to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not much tooth left
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to cover up misshapen or discolored teeth
- to cover a dental implant or a tooth that has had a root canal