A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth. The crown makes the tooth stronger and also improves how the teeth look.
A dental crown may be needed if your tooth is broken, decayed, worn down, or severely discolored. Crowns are also used to:
- Support teeth after a filling, dental implant, or dental bridge has been placed
- Protect the tooth after a root canal
- Treat chewing problems
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Last reviewedFebruary 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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