Crown

A crown is a dental appliance that replaces and covers the entire part of a tooth above the gum line. A crown may be made of gold, porcelain, or a combination of other man-made materials.

Crowns are used to:

  • Repair teeth that have broken or decayed so much that they can no longer be treated with a filling.
  • Improve the appearance of front permanent teeth (incisors) that are properly spaced but are rotated and look crooked.

Crowns may be applied after a root canal treatment to seal the tooth and prevent it from breaking.

Last Updated: September 26, 2008

Author: Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Martin Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BSc, DDS, MPH - Dentist

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