Crowns are protection for tooth decay that cannot be restored with fillings. A crown protects the tooth structure underneath by encasing the entire tooth surface. By encasing the entire tooth structure, the crown strengthens the tooth and restores the appearance of the original size and shape.
Similar to composite fillings, there are several different materials used for crowns. Porcelain crowns are used most often because of the natural tooth-like coloring. Porcelain crowns not only resemble natural teeth, they are also very durable. Similar to any type dental restoration, the crown may need replacing eventually. Each porcelain crown is made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.