Dental crowns (caps) are fixed prosthetic devices that are used to fully cover damaged or badly decayed teeth. They are made to match the color, height, texture, and overall appearance of your natural teeth and are barely noticeable once they are properly in place.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns:
Metal alloy crowns:
Porcelain fused to a metal shell is also used as it is both attractive and strong.
By maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, the durability and life of your crowns can be prolonged. Most crowns will last for decades, eliminating the need to replace them unless they fall out or become loose.
However, unlike removable devices such as dentures which can be taken out and cleaned, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.