Large fillings, cracked or broken teeth, and teeth that have had root canal therapy are often good candidates for dental crowns. This device adds protection and strength to weakened teeth. Crowns are made with a variety of materials. Stainless steel crowns have been used to help strengthen children's back teeth. Porcelain fused to metal is often used for its aesthetic value as well as strength. Gold crowns are common as well, as some prefer the look of gold, and it is a very durable material. Advances in dental technology in general dentistry have also produced crowns manufactured from resins. These crowns are also very pleasing to the eye as well as durable.
Your particular situation will determine the type of crown used. When it is determined that a crown is your best option, the dentist will discuss with you the best type and the procedure used to apply it. Dental crowns protect the tooth from further damage, and they can be made to look like your natural tooth. Your smile is kept intact and beautiful, while the integrity of your tooth is maintained.