A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. A crown may become necessary or desired for one or more of the following reasons:
There are different kinds of crowns. The most popular type of crowns are porcelain crowns, because they most resemble your natural teeth. Durable and strong, crowns are expected to last many years, but like most dental restorations, a crown may eventually need replacement. Porcelain crowns are made and customized in size, shape and color to match your natural teeth. This is done to restore full functionality to your teeth and to provide optimal cosmetic results for your smile.
A crown is custom-made for you in a dental laboratory, and will take two appointments to complete your crown.