There are a few different reasons your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a tooth. You will most likely love your crown because in addition to the reasons your dentist gives, the bottom line is that your restored tooth will look and feel natural. That’s very important for aesthetic reasons.
The Dental Crown Gives Protection
Teeth that have been damaged, broken, have large cavities or have had root canal therapy are all vulnerable to further damage or breakage. A dental crown is placed over the visible part of the tooth also called the crown of the tooth and cemented in place. They provide strength and protection for the tooth. You will love the fact that your weakened tooth will now be strong and last much longer once it has been crowned.
You’ll Love the Look
The dental crown is fashioned to look like a natural tooth. The tooth is prepared by grinding away a small amount of enamel so that the crown can fit over the visible part of the tooth comfortably. Adjustments may need to be made to make sure it is not too wide or tall. Once the dentist is satisfied that it fits comfortably, it is then fastened on with dental cement. Crowns are usually made of porcelain fused to metal, although they can also be stainless steel or made from gold alloy.
A Crown Can Save a Tooth
In some situations, a tooth can be so damaged or weakened that it would need to be removed, but when a crown is used, the tooth can be saved. This is because the crown provides structure and stability to a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted because of its vulnerability. Without a crown it may be only a matter of time before the tooth fails.
If you have a tooth or teeth that are broken or have large cavities or if you have had root canal therapy, consider getting a crown. Schedule an appointment with Porter Dental so you can find out if a crown would be in your best interest. We will give you a thorough oral exam and determine the best treatment plan to get your smile back on track.