A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth in-order to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
1. To protect a weak tooth (e.g. from decay, from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth).
2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
4. To hold a dental bridge in place.
5. To cover miss-shaped or severely discoloured teeth.
6. To cover a dental implant.
7. To make a cosmetic modification.