Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are badly damaged and need extra strength and durability. A crown, sometimes called a cap, is used to entirely cover a tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can also dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. There are many reasons Dr. Boyter may recommend a crown. A crown can repair a damaged tooth that has a large filling, when there is very little tooth structure remaining. It can protect a weak tooth from fracturing, or restore a tooth that has already fractured. Crowns are also used as a protective covering, for instance, teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, or dental implants. Cosmetically, crowns will change the appearance of discolored or poorly shaped teeth. In our office, porcelain crowns are used because they are aesthetically pleasing and appear very natural. Porcelain is also a strong, sturdy material that will withstand years of use.