A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic appliance that is bonded to an existing tooth. We may recommend a crown to: protect a weak tooth from breaking, restore a broken or worn down tooth, cover a tooth with a minimal healthy enamel, or make a cosmetic modification. A porcelain crown can be used to cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth. While the main purpose of a crown is to cover a damaged tooth, it also strengthens its structure and improves its overall appearance.
In the past, dental crowns were either made from gold or metal alloys. While these materials are extremely durable and highly resistant to corrosion, they do not offer much in the way of aesthetics. Their indiscrete color makes them less than ideal for teeth in the visible smile line. However, their durability and longevity make them a good option for teeth that need to withstand the strongest forces of your bite.