Think of a dental crown as a type of “cap” that your dentist places on top of a tooth that is discolored, damaged or missing. One common reason why people need dental crowns is for the complete replacement of a tooth with a dental implant. Crowns are also commonly used for reshaping broken teeth or enhancing the appearance of teeth.
The most common type of material used in dental crowns today is porcelain or ceramic, but other materials like gold, metal alloys, or acrylic can also be used. Your dentist will provide you with a recommendation for the most appropriate material for your individual crown.