Compared to fillings, which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. Dental crowns—or caps as some people know them—are widely used to restore teeth that have been damaged by breakage or extensive decay where large fillings aren’t able to repair the problem. Crowns provide a strong, protective cover to the tooth and allows for ease of chewing.
Dental crowns can also be used to help align and enhance the appearance of broken or discolored teeth and can be made of porcelain, gold or porcelain overlaid on metal. The most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth. Dr. Herro will discuss the choice of materials for your crown based on your individual needs both functionally and aesthetically.
Here are the six most common causes for dental crowns.
- Large Existing Fillings
- Cracked Teeth
- Cosmetic Purposes (Stained, Rotated & Crowded Teeth)
- Teeth With Root Canals
- To Cover A Dental Implant
- To Attach A Bridge
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