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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns can be used to strengthen a damaged tooth, improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.

Why is it needed?

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover poorly shaped or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification
  • To cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Dental crowns are made from either porcelain or ceramic. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and are usually recommended for your molar teeth. In most occasions, porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive. Another alternative would be matching ceramic crowns to the colour of your natural teeth.


Before a crown or bridge can be made, the tooth must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit over it properly. After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental lab where the crown will be made. A temporary crown will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown to your tooth.