Do You Need a Crown?
A dental crown (or "cap") is used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged due to fracture, decay, or extensive wear. Crowns provide reinforcement by covering and sealing the entire outside of the tooth down to the gum level. They can be made of porcelain or ceramic to match natural teeth, or a metal alloy, or a combination of both, depending on the function or specific needs of the particular tooth to be restored. Cosmetically, a porcelain or ceramic crown looks like a natural tooth, and no one should be able to tell the difference.
Some examples of how crowns restorations are used:
- Large areas of decay – re-establishes and strengthens remaining tooth structure with a new base and full crown coverage
- Severely compromised tooth structure - excessive wear or chip-prone teeth can be protected with the strength of crown coverage
- Failed fillings (cracked, broken, defective, etc.) or recurrent decay around existing fillings. Saves the strength of the tooth by replacing fillings with a crown.
- Restoring an implant- a natural-looking crown secured to an implant base that replaces a missing tooth.
- Cosmetic uses - for covering a tooth with deep discoloration (when bleaching was not effective), or reshaping a tooth with uneven size or alignment for a better esthetic quality.
Our office takes the time and steps with each patient to ensure a well-fitting, quality crown placement and a pleasing outcome. With good home care and routine checkups as recommended, your crown will last many years.