A crown is a dental restoration that covers up or caps a tooth. It is cemented into place and cannot be taken out. Crowns are made of three types of materials: 1. Porcelain - most like a natural tooth in color 2. Gold Alloy - strongest and most conservative in its preparation 3. Porcelain fused to an inner core of gold alloy (Porcelain Fused to Metal or “PFM”) - combines strength and aesthetics. Crowns restore a tooth to its natural size, shape and - if using porcelain - color. They improve the strength, function and appearance of a broken down tooth that may otherwise be lost. They may also be designed to decrease the risk of root decay.

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