Teeth are often restored using fillings. Under some circumstances when too much of the tooth’s structure is removed, a crown may be needed. The crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over the tooth in order to do the following.
- Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Attach bridges
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
Crowns can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused to a gold substrate for strength and beauty. However, with new technology, crowns can be made entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results.