A porcelain crown is a “cap” that is carefully crafted to imitate the shape of your existing tooth. However, this “cap” is placed over your existing tooth in order to restore its form and function, as well as to enhance its appearance.

When in place, a crown fully encases the area of your tooth visible above the gum line.

Who Would Benefit from a Porcelain Crown?

Dental crowns are most often used in order to:

  • Restore the form and function of a worn down or broken tooth
  • Protect a tooth that has become weak from decay
  • In order to firmly hold a bridge in place
  • To support or otherwise cover a tooth with a large filling
  • To enhance cosmetic appearance and shape
  • To cover a dental implant

While often thought of as primarily an adult treatment, crowns may also be used with children in order to:

  • Save a damaged tooth
  • Protect the teeth of a child at high risk of decay
  • Decrease the frequency of using general anaesthesia

Benefits of a Porcelain Crown

Porcelain makes for a great substrate when making crowns. It is durable, safe, effective and is easy to match to the colour of your existing teeth, making the new crown virtually indiscernible from your natural pearly whites.

Two types of porcelain crowns are usually available:

  • All-porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal


After a thorough evaluation and interpretation of any needed diagnostics, your dentist will be able to explain each option and recommend which one may be the best solution for your case.