When is a Dental Crown Needed?

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

June 25, 2018

Dental crowns are not always used for aesthetic purposes. This easy procedure can be held under both the restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, so because of its flexibility, in today’s blog, we will be discussing when a dental crown is necessary, and if you may be the right candidate.

Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?

There are a few dental problems that can afflict any particular patient that can be corrected with a crown. To name a few:

  • Dental crowns are used to protect a tooth that has been weakened because of decay or breakage.
  • Worn teeth can be rebuilt with dental crowns.
  • Dental implants are finished with crowns.
  • A dental crown can also be used to cover a tooth that is Miss shaped, discolored, or in need of any other kind of modification.
  • A cracked tooth can also be held together with a crown.
  • When a tooth colored filling is not sufficient to repair an infected or decayed tooth, dental crowns are used for coverage and support.

What is a Dental Crown Made Of?

Depending on each patient’s needs, desires, and circumstances, a crown can be made of many different materials. Some of these materials include tooth-colored ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, or metal alloys.

Dental crowns are typically placed over the course of two visits to a dentist. At the beginning appointment, the tooth is prepared by removing any damage or a decayed portion of the tooth in order to reshape and accommodate the crown. To allow for sufficient space, the buffing of the natural tooth may be required. An impression is then made of your bite and sent to a lab to have the crowns made to your specific measurements. Once this step is over a temporary crown is placed in your mouth so that the area of your tooth is still functional while the permanent crown is being made. At the very last appointment, the temporary crown is removed in the permanent one is bonded.

How Do I Care for a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns can be cared for the same way you care for your natural teeth, by brushing and flossing daily and continuing with your regularly scheduled dental check-ups.

Henry Bowman, DDS would love a chance to treat you at his Houston, TX, office. He offers a variety of dental treatments that can benefit both you and members of your family. If you would like to learn more about what we offer, feel free to give us a call or send us an email at the appropriate time. We cannot wait to meet you!

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