A dental crown is a tooth shaped helmet that sits completely over your tooth (or an implant), right down to the gum line.
It acts like a helmet against the forces of chewing, protecting the tooth underneath.
About a third of the Western population have at least one dental crown and as you get older the likelihood increases; half of adults over the age of 50 would probably have a crown. Teeth that are heavily filled are more likely to break or fail and need larger fillings. This cycle of filling teeth continues until a crown becomes a better treatment option thus protecting what tooth you have remaining
A crown may also be called a ‘tooth crown’, ‘tooth cap’ or a ‘dental cap’ and is a great way to restore teeth which are heavily broken down. It may of course, also be carried out for cosmetic dental reasons.