Crowns are a type of dental restoration procedure that caps or covers a bad tooth or dental implant. They are typically made from gold, ceramics, or porcelain fused to metal.
Crowns are used to protect or restore a weakened or broken tooth, and can even help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining to hold the filling structure. Crowns can also be used for:
- Cosmetic purposes
- Attaching bridges
- Covering discolored or oddly-shaped teeth
Crowns are made from various materials, including:
- Stainless steel
What’s the difference between temporary and permanent crowns?
Temporary crowns are made from an acrylic-based or stainless steel material. They are used as a short-term solution until replaced by a permanent crown. The temporary crown is created right in your dentist’s office, whereas a permanent crown must be made in a lab.Browse Full Glossary