When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, the dentist may recommend the placement of a crown. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and different variations of these. Unlike a veneer, which just covers the visible surface of the tooth, crowns surround the entire tooth.
In addition to cavities, a tooth may require a crown due to age, wear, or fracture. With age, teeth tend to turn yellow, wear down, chip, and become less attractive. Alternatively, teeth can fracture from over-use or by accident. In these situations as well, crowns are a great way to restore function and beauty to a smile.
Teeth are part of your body, and an extremely important part at that. Extraction should be a last resort and is not necessary in the majority of cases. In two easy visits, crowns can transform your smile back to health and esthetic beauty, and keep it that way for many years if not the rest of your life.