If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth structure left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.

A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant. If you have a root canal on a back tooth (molar or premolar), you will need a crown to restore the tooth to help prevent that tooth from breaking in the future.

Some crowns are made out of metal (often gold), others with metal covered by porcelain, and still others that are all porcelain. While the lab is making the permanent crown, you will wear a temporary crown for a few weeks that will help protect the tooth until the final crown can be cemented in permanently.

Dr. Walker and his staff can show you an example of a crown, as well as carefully describe any details about the procedure and what to expect.