A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap”, is a dental restoration individually crafted to completely cover or “cap” over your natural tooth. It can be used for aesthetics, or to reinforce the strength of a tooth with cracks, large fillings or after procedures such as Root Canal Therapy (RCT)]. Crowns are very useful for cracked or heavily damaged teeth, as they reinforce the strength of the tooth enabling you to chew normally again. A tooth can be suitable for a crown without needing RCT. The material of a crown can be tooth coloured, gold or silver, depending on your treatment needs. Once a crown has been permanently cemented it requires optimal and regular at home oral hygiene care, as well as a comprehensive check-up and clean every 6 months with your dentist. If a crown is not taken care of, decay can creep under the crown compromising the integrity and you could lose your crown. It is very important to take care of a crowned tooth just as you would a natural tooth.