Why Do I Need A Dental Crown?

burdsdentalcrownIf you’ve had a dentist recommend a dental crown, you’ve probably wondered, “Why do I need a dental crown?” A restoration can be used to address a wide array of issues, both restorative and cosmetic. With a dental crown we can return your tooth to optimal health, function, and even appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Question: Why are they prescribed?

Answer: A dentist may prescribe a dental restoration for a variety of reasons. For example, they can be used to repair teeth that are broken, chipped, or decayed. They can be placed to complete a root canal procedure should a tooth become infected/abscessed. They can correct cosmetic issues with shape and color and even help replace teeth by anchoring a bridge in place or restoring a dental implant.

Question: What is a crown made of?

Answer: They can actually be made from a variety of material. For teeth near the front of the mouth, we may recommend all ceramic for its lifelike appearance. Teeth near the back of the mouth, which must endure powerful bite forces, can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and zirconia or E-Max. The material used will depend on the placement and the type of damage the tooth suffered.

Question: What does placing one involve?

Answer: The entire procedure takes just two visits. The first involves preparing the tooth and taking impressions. In between visits the restoration will be designed and fabricated. When you return to the office the doctor will check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and place the restoration with a powerful bonding agent.

Question: Will one look natural?

Answer: When we use zirconia, PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal), E-Max, and all ceramic the teeth will maintain a more natural appearance. We will discuss your preferences and decide which one will work best for you.