Sometimes called caps, crowns completely cover a tooth, restoring a normal shape and appearance. You may need a crown to:
- Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a tooth that’s had a Root Canal
Getting a natural look
Today’s crowns are a great option when damage or decay is so extensive that filling materials cannot make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain, but can also be made of stainless steel.
Porcelain crowns are carefully matched in color to look like your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for their cosmetic appearance. New materials are now available that allow the use of “all-ceramic” crowns in some cases.
Some people prefer not to use gold, because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one.
Maintaining your crown
Once your crown is in place, make sure the area is brushed well, and that you floss below the gum line. While the crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing will help ensure that your crown will last as long as it can.