We use crowns (or “caps”) to restore your tooth’s form and function when a filling is insufficient to restore the damage from either decay or a fracture. We shape the affected tooth to hold the crown, which will completely cover the exterior of the tooth. Your tooth will look and feel as good as new by the time we are done.
A porcelain crown is a custom-made restoration that is placed over the top of a natural tooth that has been damaged. This tooth-shaped cap is designed to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, starting at the gum line. Crowns can effectively restore the shape, structure, and strength of the existing tooth, usually, after the tooth has been fractured, had severe decay, undergone a root canal, or been weakened in some other way. In addition, porcelain crowns are used in dental bridges to support the artificial tooth filling a gap, as well as the dental implant procedure to complete the permanent tooth replacement.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.
If you are considering dental crowns as an option or want more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment!