A crown, or “cap” that covers the tooth, is used to strengthen or restore the function of a tooth that has significant decay, a large or broken down filling, or one that has just fractured. Oftentimes, crowns are used to cover a tooth that has had a large area of decay removed, leaving it weak and hollow. Crowns are recommended to restore a tooth that has fracture lines, or chips, so patients can chew normally without the risk of breaking the tooth beyond repair.
Crowns are typically fabricated in a dental lab and can be made of a variety of materials. Most often, the crown is made of a natural-looking Porcelain or Zirconia, which is custom shaded to match the patient’s teeth. Our dentists take time to make sure that our patients’ crowns function as well as or better than natural teeth while retaining an aesthetically pleasing, natural appearance.