A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is custom made to fit on a tooth. Dental crowns are generally used as protection for a tooth that is damaged, and they generally last in between 5-10 years.
A tooth can become damaged and weak when it has had a root canal treatment, when it has had a large filling or where the tooth is cracked. By placing a crown on the tooth, it helps extends the tooth’s life span by keeping it protected and helping to prevent future damage.
To place a tooth around 40% of the tooths structure is removed using dental instruments so that the dental crown can fit on top of the tooth. Either impressions or scans of the tooth are then taken so that they dental crown can be custom made to fit your tooth. The crown is then cemented onto your remaining natural tooth structure.