If you have a tooth or teeth that has broken, deteriorated or in need of repair for any other reason, then you may need a dental crown. Crowns are used to restore the original size and shape of a tooth while giving it more strength and improving its appearance.
What is a crown?
A dental crown, or simply a crown, is used to cap a damaged tooth to restore its original features. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials such as:
- Various metals
However, it is common for crowns to be made from a variety of materials. This is to ensure the crown is durable and lasts as long as possible.
Crowns are custom-made to mimic the original shape of a tooth, and are bonded to the tooth being fixed using a dental cement.
Why would I need a crown?
If you have a tooth that has become badly damaged in any way, such as from an injury or from tooth decay, then a crown is usually used to repair the tooth. If the damage isn’t too severe, then a filling may be more suitable. However, if the damage to the tooth is extensive, then a crown would often be the best option.
A crown is an effective way to restore a tooth, giving it the strength and appearance of a natural, healthy tooth.
In general, crowns are usually used in the following situations:
- Protecting a tooth that has weakened (such as from tooth decay) from breaking, or for holding parts of a cracked tooth together
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Covering and supporting a tooth that already has a large filling
- Covering misshapen and or discolored teeth
- Covering a dental implant
- Other cosmetic reasons
What happens when I have a crown?
When you need to have a crown fitted, you will have your teeth examined, and have an imprint made of your existing teeth. This is so that the crown can be made to match your existing teeth. Once the crown has been made (usually after your first visit), it is then bonded to the tooth that is in need of repair.
How long do crowns last?
As long as you maintain a regular oral hygiene regime, your crown or crowns should last you a lifetime!
Will anyone notice that I have a crown?
If your crown is made from a material that can be colored to match your existing teeth, then your crown will not be noticeable. However, crowns are much more noticeable if they are made from other materials such as most metals.
There’s no need to live with damaged teeth which can cause pain and further problems down the line. Modern Family Dentists LLC can restore the look and strength of your teeth, and we even often a range of financing options. Feel free to speak to us about your dental requirements – we’re always happy to discuss your needs. If your teeth have become damaged and are in need of repair, then a dental crown may be an ideal option to have you smiling again. Don’t forget – Smiles Change Outcomes.