A dental restoration that completely covers a tooth is called a dental crown, also commonly called a "cap". Dental crowns are fabricated to replace tooth structure which may be missing for many reasons, such as large cavities, cracks and severe tooth wear. Crowns may also be applied to strengthen root canal treated teeth.
The purpose of a crown is to restore tooth shape, color and function, while strengthening and improving is appearance. In the past, most crowns were fabricated using gold or porcelain fused to metal. In our office, more biocompatible ceramic materials are used, which create stronger and more esthetically pleasing crown restorations. Crowns here are fabricated by CAD/CAM (Computer-aided design and manufacturing) technology, which creates precise and individualized crown restorations for highly personalized results.