Dental crowns are essentially “caps” that cover a tooth or dental implant to help restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make a tooth stronger as well as improve its appearance.
Crowns are used for a number of situations:For one, a crown can help strengthen a tooth that has severely suffered from tooth decay;in these instances, a crown is used to cover and support the large filling that is necessary to restore the tooth since it is too weak to hold the filling alone.
They can also be utilized to attach bridges—a dental method used to replace a missing tooth or teeth—to adjacent teeth and anchor them in place to prevent shifting and loosening. In addition, crowns are used to cover dental implants as a prosthetic tooth.
Crowns are also used by dentists to help protect a weak tooth from breaking, and can repair an already broken tooth. They even serve as a method to prevent fracturing in a tooth that has received root canal therapy treatment and therefore more vulnerable to cracking.
Crowns serve a number of functions, depending on your needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive exam with one of our dentists to determine if crowns are right for you.