A dental crown is a cap that covers your entire tooth from the gum lineup. When teeth become compromised for various causes, such as weakening or damage, this dental prosthetic acts as a vital precaution, strengthening a patient’s teeth.
A dental crown’s main purpose is to offer another level of protection to a tooth that may no longer be structurally sound. The teeth crown protects a patient’s tooth from further damage and guards it from future fractures or breaking by covering the entire visible portion of the tooth. This strengthening is especially important when a tooth has suffered severe damage from disease, injury, or aging.
Crowns are usually made from ceramic, resin, or metal. Ceramic and resin crowns are popular because they match your natural teeth. Metal crowns are more durable and can be a good choice for molars at the back of the mouth.
Like Inlays and Onlays, Dental crowns restore teeth that have suffered significant decay or damage and can save a natural tooth that can’t be restored with a smaller filling, preserving your smile.