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A dental crown is a restoration that completely caps an existing tooth or an implant. Dental crowns are fabricated within a dental lab in order to mimic the surrounding anatomy of the teeth and provide as close to a transparent solution as possible. The ceramic material that is used ensures that the restoration is extremely durable and can withstand the rigors of daily use.

When used to cover an existing tooth, dental crowns protect the remaining natural tooth surface from recurring decay better than most other restoration technique available. The primary disadvantage associated with a tooth covered by a crown is the significant “preparation” (reduction in size) required to be done on the natural tooth. What this ultimately means is that the procedure is irreversible and the tooth covered will always need to be protected by a dental crown in the future.