When it comes to restoring the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a tooth, dental crowns are among the most versatile restorations used in dentistry. Sometimes referred to as a “cap,” crowns are comprised of materials such as plastic, stainless steel, gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and even ceramic.
While crowns are often applied following root canal therapies, the durability of crowns enable them to be used as stand-alone restorations in many cases. Thus, dental crowns can be used to:
- Protect a weak or cracked tooth
- Restore a tooth that is worn down
- Cover a tooth that is missing a large part of its structure
- Support a dental bridge
- Cover discolored or misshapen teeth
- Cover a dental implant
- Save a primary tooth that cannot support a dental filling (in children)
- Protect a primary tooth that is considered high risk for decay (in children)
While a traditional crown covers the entire tooth, extending slightly below the gum line, there are instances when dentists apply an onlay or a ¾ crown. In essence, an onlay or a ¾ crown covers the tooth to a lesser degree, as needed for treatment. Any variation of a traditional crown will depend on the reason for the crown. For example, if the dentist determines (via an x-ray) that the root of a tooth is at risk for infection, root canal therapy may be needed first. For the most part, a full crown is applied following a root canal. Yet, in other cases, dentists may need to “build up” a tooth prior to applying a crown. In this case, the dentist may opt to apply an onlay to cover a section of the tooth.
In caring for your crowned tooth, dentists are quick to point out that while crowns provide great protection to teeth, individuals can still develop tooth and/or gum disease. Therefore, while no special care is required to sustain a crown, it is very important to commit to good oral care at home, as well as regular dental visits.
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At Dr. C Family Dentistry, we want your mouth to be in the best shape that it can be. That’s why we take a unique approach to the placement of crowns, as they are great solutions for a variety of dental conditions. Thus, if you’re experiencing pain in your tooth, or if you’ve been told that your tooth is weak or breaking down, Dr. Cochran and the team welcome your call today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. C Family Dentistry