Crowns, or “caps”, are used on teeth which have extensive tooth damage or large existing fillings. This procedure will restore the integrity of the remaining tooth structure. Crowns are also recommended for root canal treated teeth to protect the often weakened tooth structure.
There are two types of crowns:
One type has a metal substructure which provides increased strength under the porcelain. These are especially useful for teeth at the back of the mouth where the forces of the bite are greatest.
The second type is an all porcelain crown which has no metal substructure. All porcelain crowns can provide an extremely esthetic restoration that blends well with the natural teeth. They are especially useful in the “smile zone”.