Crowns, also known as caps, restore damaged teeth. A crown covers a tooth and mimics the
shape, size and color of the surrounding teeth. Crowns are indicated for cracked teeth and
teeth with deep cavities; to protect teeth that have been filled by root-canal treatment; to provide
extra support for bridges; and to cover poorly shaped or colored teeth. Crowns may be made
of metal, porcelain, or newer restorative materials. They are custom-made and fitted for each
patient in conformation with the patient’s bite, and the size and length of the natural teeth.
Crowns typically last five to eight years, but can last much longer with proper oral hygiene.