Reasons for Crowns:
- Badly decayed teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Need to protect and strengthen teeth
A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared surface. This mold is used to create a model of the tooth which is then sent to a special laboratory that will create a porcelain (tooth colored) crown. The crown can be bonded to the surface of the tooth.
- Covers and protects tooth
- Restore tooth to its original shape and size
- All porcelain crowns are bonded to teeth
- Saves a fractured tooth that might have to otherwise be removed
Crowns are incredibly strong when created by master ceramists in laboratory who are experts in high quality, custom porcelain restorations. This protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of a skilled dentist, a crown will fit perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the crown and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the crown.
Crowns placed preventively before fractures or decay affect the nerve can often help prevent the discomfort and expense of root canal therapy.
- Implants or bridges in the event a fractured tooth can not be saved with a crown