What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is commonly called as “cap”. It is a dental restoration that fully covers the surface of a tooth in order to restore its size, shape, improve its appearance and/or to add strength.
The crowns over implants will be the outer shell of the titanium screw which will look, feel and act as a natural tooth.
The crown can be manufactured of many different materials such as noble metal, high noble metal, gold, zirconium, ceramic, etc. and then, will be covered (most of the times) with porcelain and/or ceramic to simulate the white color of our tooth.
A dental crown is necessary to:
- Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not a lot of teeth left.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cover severely discolored teeth.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Make a cosmetic modification (i.e. close a gap).