A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to restore a chipped tooth, cover a large filling, protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal and more.

When placed over a root canal tooth, the crown helps prevent it from breaking. Root canal treatment reduces the treated tooth’s strength. First, the tooth loses much of its blood supply when the infected pulp is removed. Removing the center of the tooth also leaves only the sides for support. As a result, the tooth may become weak and brittle, making it more prone to fracture under the tremendous pressure that’s exerted on teeth when you bite down.

The crown can avert these problems by restoring the tooth’s size, shape and strength. It encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Crowns can match the color of your natural teeth. Some crowns have porcelain-fused metal. On the other hand, all-porcelain crowns contain no metal at all and have the translucency of your natural teeth.

Because permanent crowns can be made from different materials, we’ll review and choose the best solution for your situation.