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A crown is a cap that covers over and protects the whole tooth, restoring the tooth to the original shape, while sealing the tooth and protecting it from further damage.

Why does a tooth need to be crowned?

The following are typical reasons for doing a crown:

  • When a tooth is badly broken down, a normal filling may not be strong enough for chewing
  • The tooth had root canal treatment done previously
  • To improve the appearance and/or contour of a tooth that is discoloured, misshaped or out of alignment
  • The tooth is under heavy chewing force, has cracked, or needs protection from wear and tear