A crown, or a synthetic cap that covers the tooth, is used to strengthen or restore the function of a tooth that has been broken down. Often times, crowns are used to cover a tooth that has had a large area of decay removed, leaving it weak and hollow. Crowns are also recommended to restore a tooth that has fracture lines, or chips in it so that patients can load, or chew on the tooth normally without the risk of breaking the tooth beyond repair.
Crowns are fabricated in a dental lab and can be made of a variety of materials. Most often, the crown is made of a natural-looking shell of porcelain which is custom shaded to match the patient’s teeth and has a strong core, usually metal or Zirconia. Our dentists take time to make sure that our patients’ crowns not only function as well as, or better than natural teeth, but are also esthetic and natural in appearance.