What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap covering part or the entire coronal part of the tooth (visible part of the tooth at or above the gumline).
What are crowns made of?
Crowns are typically made of metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, composite resin, zirconia, porcelain fused to zirconia, porcelain or ceramic. Each type of crown has different characteristics and usage.
Why did my dentist recommend a crown?
Sometimes structure of a tooth can be compromised due to deep fracture lines, extensive cavities, missing a piece, large defective filling that needs to be replaced, a fragile tooth due to a root canal therapy, esthetics, severely worn-down tooth due to grinding, dental implant coverage or to hold a dental bridge in place, are some of the reasons that may prompt a dentist to recommend a partial crown or full coverage crown to increase the tooth’s longevity.