Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are commonly recommended for patients who have a severely damaged tooth (resulting from decay or trauma) or to give a tooth a more attractive appearance if it is somehow misshapen. They are also used in combination with dental bridges to act as anchors. The procedure to place dental crowns is fairly simple and, depending on your needs, can be highly effective in restoring the health and function of your teeth.

When is a dental crown needed?

A dental crown is most often recommended to restore a tooth’s health and function after it has suffered some damage, including if it has been broken or cracked. It is essentially a cap that is placed over a tooth to protect it from further damage and restore its function.

What does the procedure involve?

Dental crowns can be used for both children and adults. Before beginning the procedure, your dentist will develop a treatment plan based on a thorough examination and images and scans taken of your mouth.

The tooth is first prepared by removing all decay and damage. It will also be filed and shaped in order to make room for the crown to comfortably fit over it. Impressions will be taken of the tooth in order for the custom-made crown to be created. The tooth will be cleaned and sterilized to reduce the risk of infection. It may also be sealed using a special material if needed. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready, which takes one to two weeks. Once it comes back from the dental lab, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the custom-made one, which meets your specifications in terms of size, shape, and appearance. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, which has the most natural appearance and most closely matches with your natural teeth.