What is a crown?

A dental crown is basically a cover for a tooth to protect it.  Sometimes people refer to it as a cap.  A crown is necessary for a tooth any time the tooth is missing more than 50% of the tooth structure.  Therefore, in the case of a broken tooth, a tooth with decay, or a tooth with large silver filling, a crown may be recommended.  A crown can also be used for cosmetic reasons.  Most of the "Hollywood" smiles seen on tv are a result of crown work on front teeth.  So crowns can serve two purposes, to protect your teeth or give you a "Hollywood Smile."  
Dr. Ariana Clayton
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