A crown can be used to save a damaged tooth by completely encircling it. In order to attach a crown, the tooth is reduced to a stump which the crown can be cemented onto. Many clinics specialize in natural looking, tooth-colored materials, and patients can choose from a range of materials to suit their budget.
A common option for crowns and bridges is porcelain fused to metal (PFM). These are affordable, and have some of the strength associated with a metal prosthetic, as well as the natural look of porcelain crowns. There is just a small metal rim which is difficult to notice, particularly on back teeth.
For front teeth, patients may wish to pay a little more for full porcelain or zirconia options which are tooth-colored throughout.