Patients who have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or badly decayed might consider getting crowns or tooth caps. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold, or a metal alloy of the two. Gold crowns pose no risk of chipping and therefore a great option for back teeth. Porcelain crowns are the most natural and virtually undetectable choice, and thus an excellent choice for teeth that show. Dental laboratory technicians can create crowns shaped specifically to match the rest of your teeth and fit seamlessly into your mouth. This is an advantage over tooth fillings which are built inside your mouth with the filling material placed directly upon your tooth. Crowns typically result in a more perfectly shaped appearance.
A dental crown is becomes the new outer surface of the tooth; it is permanently cemented onto the designated tooth. The crown will then function and is cared for just like a natural tooth. When properly cared for, crowns are a long-lasting restoration.