Have you ever received a dental crown? A common form of dental restoration, they are sued to address a number of different situations. When does a dentist recommend a dental crown? What are they made of? You may be surprised to learn how lifelike a crown can look and quickly one can be designed and placed.
How Does a Dental Crown Work?
First, the tooth is prepared by removing some of the structure. An impression is taken and used in the fabrication of the new restoration. The crown is placed onto the tooth and held in place with a powerful bonding agent. They are made from ceramic and using CEREC technology, can be created and placed in a single visit. The ceramic material is stain-resistant, natural looking, and very durable.
When Do You Need One?
There are a number of different reasons for the dentist placing a dental crown, such as:
- Tooth decay – If a tooth has a severe cavity then a filling may not be enough. In these situations the doctor may place a restoration.
- Infection: If a tooth becomes infected then the dentist may perform a root canal. After removing the infected tissue and filling the tooth with a restorative material the doctor places a dental crown to restore the tooth.
- Chipped/cracked tooth: If a tooth becomes broken or fractured then a restoration may be necessary to restore it to full function, health, and appearance.
- Cosmetic Issues: If a tooth is misshapen, malformed, or discolored, then the doctor may address the issue by placing a restoration.
If you have any questions about treating a damaged tooth or our restoration options, then please contact our office today. We want to help you enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.