A dental crown is an artificial “cap” implanted over a damaged tooth. Dental crowns restore the look of the tooth while protecting it from damage and decay. Generally, they cover the full tooth surface that lies above the gum line.
Dental crowns are most frequently used to protect a weak or damaged tooth, or in cases where a large filling has weakened a tooth’s structure. However, they can also be used to support dental bridges or protect dental implants.
Crowns can also be used solely for aesthetic reasons, or for pediatric patients if their teeth are especially vulnerable to decay.