Crowns are used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape, which we often refer to as a helmet for your tooth. They are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
A crown is "cemented" onto an existing tooth and to fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. The crown effectively becomes your outer tooth coverage. They are often made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are the preferred treatment choice because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are a very strong material.
Porcelain Onlays (almost like a half crown) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling or crown. A crown is fabricated away from your mouth not directly on the tooth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth scan which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements for a perfect fit. It is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.