Dental crowns are used to repair a structurally weak tooth that can no longer function on its own. They fit over your tooth to cover the entire surface, front and back. Crowns, also called caps, are cemented into place to permanently fit over your tooth, making it stronger and more esthetically pleasing.
A crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. They can be made out of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. If your tooth has lost its structure or shape, a crown can restore its original shape, making it stronger and durable. Unlike veneers, which only cover the front of the tooth, a dental crown covers the entire tooth, protecting it in all areas.
The surface layer of the weak tooth is prepared with a drill and about 1 to 2 millimetersis removed around the tooth. This creates a solid core without any weak areas present. A full crown, that looks just like a natural tooth, is placed on top of the solid core, replacing the previous weak or decayed structure. It is cemented to the tooth, strengthening it and making it look natural and strong. It looks so natural, you might not be able to tell which tooth has the crown!