Why do I need a crown?
When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large old filling, a crown (also called a cap) is often placed. A crown strengthens the tooth, protects the remaining tooth structure and can improve appearance.
The location of the tooth, the intensity of the bite, and your requirements as a patient are some of the factors used in deciding which type of crown is best for you
Crowns are made of metal, ceramic, or a combination of the two. Crowns are fitted to a model of your mouth that is made at the time the teeth are prepared for the crown. The crown is shaped and fitted to this model in the laboratory and once completed the dentist tries it in your mouth. This process ensures that the crown will have a fit and appearance that will last for many years.