A dental crown is a dental restoration that completely encases the tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns are often needed when a large cavity compromises the health of a tooth, such as after root canal treatment. A dental crown may also be used to correct misshapen, discoloured, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. Unlike dental veneers, which only cover the front surface area of a tooth, a dental crown covers the entire tooth providing reinforcement for weakened teeth while also achieving aesthetic results.
Crowns can be made from a wide range of materials such as porcelain fused to metal (PFM crowns) to full porcelain crowns (no metal) or zirconia. Ask us which option may be right for you.
Dental crown problems may result from poor oral hygiene. If bacteria makes its way under the restoration, it may cause a cavity that jeopardizes the integrity of your crown. If your dental crown comes loose or falls out, we may be able to re-cement it back on, but if there are cavities under the crown, the unit may need to be replaced all together.