A dental crown is a ceramic or metal replica of a natural tooth that is meant to be placed over a patient’s natural tooth to restore esthetics and/or function.  Crowns are most often placed on teeth when a natural tooth is fractured, cracked, or has a root canal completed.  The key benefits of a crown are to offer support to cracked and broken down teeth, improve the appearance of natural teeth, and enhance chewing abilities of weakened natural teeth.