Porcelain crowns are restorations that protect damaged, cracked, or broken down teeth. A crown strengthens your existing, damaged tooth to preserve its functionality. Dental crowns, also commonly known as “caps”, sit over your existing tooth, covering the entire outer surface.
Are dental crowns always the best option?
Crowns should not be the first choice just to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, because a dentist needs to grind a significant portion of the original tooth away. Less invasive alternatives include veneers or dental bonding. Since veneers and dental bonding restorations are only as strong as the supporting tooth, porcelain crowns are required when the strength of the tooth supporting the restoration is compromised.