When a filling does not do the job?
Dental crowns and caps are terms that can be used interchangeably. If dental problems like decay, cracked fillings, root canals, teeth clenching, or grinding have caused significant damage to the tooth structure, a dental filling may not be sufficient for restoration. In order to fully restore the tooth's appearance and function, a dental crown is often required. The good news is that once completed, a dental crown looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
In addition to restoring a single natural tooth, crowns can also serve other purposes. They can provide support for dental bridges, cover dental implants, or protect a cracked tooth from further damage. A crown can also be used to restore the natural appearance of a discolored or stained tooth. Crowns can be made from materials such as porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or various new ceramic materials that have been developed.