Sometimes referred to as “dental caps” Our doctors use crowns to improve the appearance, and overall strength of a previously restored or damaged tooth. It is a covering that is placed over a carefully prepped tooth or implant. A crown can strengthen the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken. A tooth that has had a root canal (endodontic treatment) will be brittle and crowns are often recommended to protect endo treated teeth.

There are many different types of crowns including those where the outer porcelain layer is fused to a metal sub-frame (Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns or “PFM’s”) and those where there is no metal whatsoever (All Porcelain Crowns or Porcelain Jacket Crowns). Crowns can also be made using various gold alloys, ( Full Gold Crown) which are very durable although sometimes less esthetic. The choice of material depends on the individual tooth, aesthetics and function.   

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