A crown is used when it is necessary to replace a missing portion of a tooth. It will cover and support a tooth when there is insufficient original tooth structure available due to large fillings or overall degradation of the tooth. Crowns can also be used to cover dental implants, to attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from breaking or to help restore teeth already broken.
Today's crowns have shown vast improvement over those of the past as a result of advanced lab technologies and the development of superior ceramic materials. Crowns are now indistinguishable from real teeth and will not discolor or develop black lines at the gum line.
Once a crown is in place, it takes on a very natural feeling while restoring tooth function and appearance. Crown preparation and implementation are usually done within the space of just a few office visits and deliver years of favorable results.