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Crowns, or dental caps, are used for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Crowns can help enhance the visual appearance of discolored, chipped or otherwise traumatized teeth, and can also be used to rebuild teeth that have suffered decay, breaks, or other issues that have caused them to lose strength.
Unlike composite fillings, dental inlays, or dental onlays—which fill or cover only a portion of a tooth-- a crown is a type of dental restoration intended to cover the entire tooth from the gum line up. Cemented onto your natural tooth, a crown effectively serves as your tooth’s new surface because it completely covers your natural tooth.
Crowns can be fashioned from a variety of materials including gold alloy, porcelain or ceramic, or even a combination of both! [Dentist name] can provide you with additional information on your crown options, including guidance on which type of material would work best for your crown.