A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a type of protective tooth restoration that completely 'caps' or covers a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its original shape, size and colour. Crowns improve the strength, function and appearance of a broken tooth that may otherwise be lost.
Crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth structure remaining to hold a filling.
Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth.
Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements.
Your crown is then sculpted just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
If you need a filling replaced but your natural tooth is too small, your dentists may crown it. Your dentist may also use a crown to cover a crooked or discoloured tooth to improve your aesthetic.
Crowns are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are made of porcelain which protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure.
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