If your dentist has told you that you need a dental crown, you may find yourself asking many questions about this restoration. What is a crown? What does it do? Why do I need it? Below are a few of the answers to these questions.
Dental crowns, in short, are caps used to cover a tooth. There are several different materials that may be used to create the crown, including ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal. The reasons you may need to receive a crown include some of the following:
- Restore a tooth with a large cavity that cannot be repaired with a dental filling
- Support a weak or broken tooth
- Cap a tooth that had received root canal treatment
- Alter the appearance of a stained or irregularly-shaped tooth
Our dental team will help to choose a crown that suits your unique needs. The process of crown placement starts when we remove small amounts of tooth tissue. After the crown is made, we will bond it over the tooth using dental cement.
You care for your dental crown just like you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. Doing so can help the crown last for a longer period of time, perhaps even up to 15 years. If the crown breaks, loosens, or falls off, then call out dental office so we can repair and replace the crown.