What Is A Dental Crown And When Do I Need One?

What Is A Dental Crown And When Do I Need One?

Many patients have heard of a dental crown, often recommended by the dentist to extend the life of their teeth. But unless you have had a crown done, most patients cannot visualize what is a crown. Put it simply, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed other a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. Dental Crowns can be made of porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, gold, etc. When a crown is cemented into place, it fully encases the portion of the tooth that lies above the gumline.

When would a Dental Crown be Necessary?

  • when a tooth had fractured, and there is not enough tooth left to fill it
  • pre-existing large fillings in a tooth had started to leak, break or fracture
  • when there is a crack line in a tooth extending to the gumline
  • tooth has had a root canal treatment, a crown may be indicated to strengthen it and return it to normal function.
  • for cosmetic purposes, to improve the colour, size, or alignment of the teeth.
  • teeth which are severely damaged by attrition or erosion.
  • on dental implants or as part of a dental bridge.

If any of the above applies to you, please consult your dentist for evaluation.

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