Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" which is placed over an existing tooth - to cover the tooth in order to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its overall appearance. When cemented into place, a dental crown will fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line.

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification

For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth in order to:
  • Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can't support a filling.
  • Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.
  • Decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for children unable because of age, behavior, or medical history to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.

In such cases, a pediatric dentist is likely to recommend a stainless steel crown.

What Steps Are Involved in Preparing a Tooth for a Crown?
Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits to the dentist - the first step involves examining and preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.

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