A crown is a manmade cover that protects the top of a tooth.  It may be used to restore and preserve a decayed, broken or cracked tooth.  Crowns can also correct some cosmetic tooth problems, giving you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Types of Crowns
A crown is made of gold, other metals or porcelain.  It can also be made of resin or porcelain and metal.  When choosing a crown, think about how it will look and how long it will last.  Talk with your dentist about the type of crown that may be best for you.

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Metal Crown

Metal Crown – This crown is made of gold or other metals.  It is very strong and won’t break.  Because this type isn’t tooth-colored, it may not be the best choice for a front tooth.

Tooth-colored Crown

Tooth-colored Crown – A tooth-colored crown is made of porcelain or reinforced resin.  It comes in a range of shades to blend with your other teeth.  This type of crown may be more likely to chip than a metal crown.

Combination Crown

Combination Crown – Porcelain is fused on top of metal, making this crown appear tooth-colored.  The metal at its base makes the crown stronger than a porcelain or resin crown.  But it is not as strong as a metal crown.