Dental crowns are also known as caps because they completely cover a tooth. They are used for various dental situations: to hold together a weak or broken tooth, treat an extremely discolored tooth, support a bridge, cover a dental implant, or for cosmetic purposes.
There are several types of crowns, including porcelain, ceramic, resin, and metal alloys, each with their own advantages and uses. Your dentist can help you choose the right type for you based on your needs. Placing a crown usually requires two visits. During the first, the tooth is prepared to receive the crown by having any decay removed and getting filed down to make room for the crown to fit. Impressions are then taken of the tooth (and the surrounding teeth) to be sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be created. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while waiting for the permanent crown. When the permanent crown is ready, you will return to the dentist office to have it placed. A special adhesive is used to secure the crown to the tooth.
A crown functions the same way as a natural tooth and will require the same amount of maintenance, meaning daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups.