Dental crowns, also known as caps, are hollow, artificial teeth used to cover broken or decayed teeth, in order to protect the natural tooth structure from further damage.
They can be made from gold, porcelain or porcelain-fused to metal and sit on top of an existing tooth, normally if the tooth has been damaged. They are a strong, long-term restoration if you take good care of them.
You may need a crown if you have had a:
- Large filling in a tooth
- Root canal
- Broken or severely worn down tooth
- Stained, unesthetic or poorly shaped tooth
Crowns and replacement teeth may not be as strong as your natural teeth, so the following precautions are strongly recommended:
- Wear a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth at night.
- Do not bite down on hard objects (i.e. ice, forks, bottle caps, etc.)
- Do not use your tooth as a tool to open or cut into things