A dental crown is a cap that is employed to treat highly decayed, damaged, or malformed teeth.

Shaped like a tooth, a dental crown is referred to as a cap, as it encapsulates the tooth being treated. Once excess or decayed portions of the affected tooth have been removed to provide space for the restoration and ensure a sound underlying structure, the dental crown is placed over top of the tooth. The cap is then secured in place with dental cement. Because the crown looks and functions as a natural tooth would, it is able to restore both the appearance and oral health of a decayed or compromised smile.

One of the secondary benefits of a dental crown is that it allows for the preservation of at least some of the tooth’s natural structure.