A dental crown is like a cap that your dentist places over your tooth to restore it to its normal appearance and function. You may need a crown instead of a filling, depending on the amount of tooth structure that you have remaining. For instance, you will need a crown if you have a cavity that has become too big to be filled or if your tooth is chipped or worn down. Additionally, a crown may be indicated if you need a root canal.
Crowns can be made from several types of materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). We will decide the best material for your crown based on the location of the tooth needing the crown, the shade of the tooth, and the position of your gum tissue, as well as other factors.