A tooth crown also called a dental cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. A dental crown can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. Once a permanent crown made in the dental laboratory and placed over the prepared tooth, it looks and works very much like a natural tooth.


Tooth caps and crowns for teeth are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a tooth crown, our dentist will suggest a material, or a combination, that will be right for you.

A crown is required for a damaged but not lost tooth. A crown will restore tooth shape, and it's appearance and function. You might need a tooth cap if you had a root canal treatment on that tooth, a large filling, chipped or broken part of the damaged tooth.

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Choosing your custom dental crown requires attention to details. The shade of white, translucency for natural tooth appearance, the shape of your crown cap are just a few examples.

Dental Crown Types

Composite Crowns

While composite crowns will match natural teeth colour, they are not always ideal for strength and durability. They won’t chip as easily as porcelain crowns, but they tend to wear more quickly from chewing. Teeth brushing tends to remove the highly polished surface of composite crowns, and this causes them to stain more easily. 

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain (Ceramic) crowns provide a very natural look and are an excellent option for people with metal allergies.  When restoring front teeth, where appearance is a primary concern, porcelain crowns are usually the best solution. Because back teeth require more strength for chewing, you may need to have porcelain fused to metal crowns for added durability.

Porcelain fused to metal Crowns

Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFM) look natural and are stronger than porcelain or composite crowns. Porcelain-fused to metal crowns consist of a metal inner shell and porcelain outer shell fused. The metal shell provides the crown with extra resilience and strength and porcelain gives the crown a natural appearance. PFM crowns can be an excellent option for people who grind their teeth (bruxism).


The difference between temporary crowns in dentistry is that they are made in our dental centre and permanent crowns are made in the dental laboratory. Each dental laboratory has a dentist list that they are working with to manufacture permanent crowns.

Cosmetic Dentistry Crown after placement

Once your tooth cap was placed, sometimes it takes some getting used to prior to the permanent crown feeling normal in your mouth. After a short period of time, your new dental crown should function and feel like your natural tooth. Let us know if you still have any questions about your crown.