When is a dental crown recommended?

  • July 6, 2021

dental crown Sterling HeightsHas your dentist told you that you need a dental crown? If so, you might be wondering why this common restoration is necessary. A dental crown is a versatile restoration that makes it possible to keep a badly diseased or injured tooth. Dental crowns are very durable, long-lasting, and when white materials are chosen, can look quite natural.

Dental crowns are typically recommended to repair broken, chipped, and cracked teeth. They may also be used to treat severe tooth decay – particularly if cavities are quite deep or wide. Sometimes, dental crowns have cosmetic applications. If a person’s tooth is otherwise healthy but has very noticeable imperfections, a crown may be recommended to improve the aesthetic of his or her smile.

What does a dental crown look like?

A dental crown looks like a tooth. Essentially, it is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over all surfaces of a tooth above the gingiva. Each dental crown is custom made to fit a person’s tooth being treated. It will perfectly complement your oral anatomy, support neighboring teeth, and improve oral function.

There are different options patients have when it comes to the materials used to construct a crown. Those who desire a durable and cost-effective crown can choose from metal alloys like silver or gold.

For those who prefer as natural an aesthetic as possible, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal is the ideal choice. Porcelain makes for very lifelike restorations because it reflects light and comes in a variety of white shades. Our practice uses advanced technology, Planmeca Fit, that allows us to place same-day porcelain crowns.

Do I need root canal treatment before I receive a crown?

If your tooth is infected, root canal treatment can help prevent the development of painful abscesses or the need for extraction. Although root canal therapy is commonly performed before crowns are placed, it is not always necessary.

For more information, contact Forever Young Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with our dentist.