A crown, also known as a ‘cap’, is an artificial cover that protects the top of a damaged tooth. It can be used to help restore or preserved a broken, decayed, or cracked tooth. Crowns can also be used as cosmetic enhancements.
You may be advised to get a crown if you suffer from:
Metal crowns are made of gold or other non-reactive metals. They are very strong and are very unlikely to ever break. They often do not match the color of your teeth (but if your teeth are golden in color, you should consider our whitening treatments), so they are not recommended for front teeth.
These crowns are made with porcelain or reinforced resin, and are easily colored to match that of your other teeth. They are, however, less durable than metal crowns and are more likely to chip.
Porcelain is fused on top of metal, giving it a tooth-colored exterior and more strength than a resin or porcelain crown. While more durable than resin or porcelain, they are not quite as strong as purely metal crowns.