Crowns are a restoration that covers the whole tooth to strengthen or improve its shape and appearance. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, heavily destroyed by tooth decay or root canaled.
Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
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 your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.