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Dental Crowns

Dental Crown
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.

Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both. Other terms that are used to refer to dental crowns are “dental caps” and “tooth caps.”

A dentist might recommend placing a dental crown for a variety of reasons but, in general, they are used to restore a tooth to it’s original shape, to strengthen a tooth, or to improve the cosmetic appearance of the tooth.