A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth. It’s a robust and durable restoration that can repair extensive tooth decay and prevent further breakdown from fractures and cracks by covering your tooth with an entirely new chewing surface.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or other materials, depending on what works best for your situation. There are many reasons why you might need a dental crown:
- If you have a cracked tooth, a crown may be required to save the tooth and avoid an extraction.
- If you have an extensive cavity that requires most of the biting surface of the tooth to be rebuilt, a crown may be the best treatment option.
- If you have severely worn down your teeth, crowns can be placed to rebuild them.
- If you have had a root canal on a back tooth, a crown will be needed to maintain the strength of the tooth and keep it from breaking.