A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving its appearance.
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down and fillings cannot help. When a tooth is cracked, a crown can hold the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage does not worsen.
Restoring a tooth with a crown is beneficial when:
- There is not enough natural tooth remaining to provide support for a filling
- To attach a bridge
- To protect weak teeth from fracturing
- To restore fractured teeth
- To cover badly shaped or discolored teeth