When a tooth has suffered extensive damage, either through decay or breakage, a crown is used to replace the diseased or broken portion, and protect the tooth from further damage. Made to resemble a natural tooth in shape and color, a crown will partially or completely cover the tooth.
Reasons for having a crown put in place include:
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Severely worn down tooth
- Restoration after a root canal
- Decay(cavity) that is extensive
- Correct misshapen or discolored teeth
- To anchor a bridge
Sometimes referred to as ‘caps,’ crowns are made from different materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and gold or other metal alloys. Once cemented in place, dental crowns will look and function like natural teeth.
Dental Crown Procedure
If a tooth has decay, that portion is removed and replaced with a filling or core material. A core may also be used if the tooth has been broken. The tooth is then prepared for a crown by shaping the tooth and making room for the ceramic or metal material. At that point, an impression or digital scan is made of the prepared tooth to send to the dental laboratory for fabrication of the crown.
Once the crown is ready to be placed, it will be checked for fit, color, and function. Any necessary adjustments will be made and the crown is bonded or cemented to the prepared tooth. Once the crown is in place, it’s important to care for it like you would any other tooth.
Creekside Dental has been working with crowns for more than 25 years and we are ready to answer any questions you may have. In addition to crowns, we offer other cosmetic options such as veneers and teeth whitening. To schedule a visit, or for more information about Creekside Dental, contact us today!