A dental crown is basically a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a patient wants to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and improve the overall appearance. These “caps” cover the entire portion of the tooth that is visible, right down to the gum line. There are many different types of crowns; ask Dr. Charles Sammons what would work best for you.
There are many different options for a permanent crown. Stainless steel or all metal crowns (such as gold) are great for out of sight molars. Porcelain crowns (that are fused to metal) can be matched to adjacent teeth’s color. Crowns made of all resin are less expensive, but can wear down over time. Ceramic crowns are mostly used for front teeth because they provide natural color, but they are not as strong as other crown options.
These crowns can be made at the office, whereas permanent crowns are made in a lab. They can provide temporary restoration until a permanent crown is made for you.