A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, is a restorative option to restore a single tooth into function and also provide esthetics in the esthetic zone. There are many reasons to place a crown, but the basic process involves a dentist, or laboratory modifying and contouring a tooth, or implant component, so that a fake tooth (crown) can fit over it and glued into place. I always compare it to placing a thimble over a finger. Crowns can be made of esthetic materials to match adjacent teeth, or gold. There are benefits to each material option and we will discuss this with our patients as we are planning the restoration. If you think you need a crown, we would be happy to discuss it with you further, so give us a call for a consultation.