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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap. Dentists use crowns to restore weak, broken or decayed teeth.
A crown fits over your entire tooth, like a snug hat. To ensure a proper fit, a dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel before bonding your new crown in place.
Dental technicians craft crowns from a variety of materials, including resin, metal and porcelain.

When would you need a dental crown?

Crowns serve several purposes. You may need a dental crown to:

Strengthen a weak tooth.
Protect and support a cracked tooth.
Restore a worn-down or broken tooth.
Hold a dental bridge in place.
Cover a severely stained or discolored tooth.
Cover a root canal-treated tooth.
Cover a dental implant.

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

The most notable advantage of a dental crown is that it can prolong the life of a natural tooth. Specifically, crowns can:

  • Treat worn, broken or decayed teeth.
  • Protect teeth from erosion (wear and tear).
  • Improve chewing function.
  • Enhance your appearance.
  • Last between five and 15 years with proper care.

    How long do crowns last?

The average lifespan of a dental crown is five to 15 years. If you notice wear, tear or damage, it’s time for dental crown replacement.


Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are custom-made coverings that fit over damaged, decayed, or aesthetically compromised teeth. The results of dental crowns can be significant, providing both functional and cosmetic improvements. Here are some of the key results and benefits of dental crowns:

  • Restoration of Tooth Structure: Dental crowns are designed to restore the original shape and size of a damaged or decayed tooth. This helps in maintaining proper oral function.
  • Protection and Strengthening: Crowns provide a protective covering for weak or vulnerable teeth, preventing further damage and strengthening the tooth structure. This is particularly beneficial for teeth with large fillings, cracks, or after root canal treatment.
  • Improved Aesthetics: Dental crowns can enhance the appearance of a tooth by improving its color, shape, and alignment. This is especially relevant when crowns are used for cosmetic purposes.
  • Longevity: Well-maintained dental crowns can last for many years, providing a long-term solution for tooth restoration.
  • Versatility: Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of materials. This allows for versatility in meeting both functional and aesthetic needs.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of adjacent teeth, providing a natural-looking appearance. This is important for crowns placed in visible areas of the mouth.
  • Restoration of Bite and Chewing Function: Dental crowns restore the ability to bite and chew properly, which may be compromised due to damaged or weakened teeth.

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