A dental crown or tooth cap can be used to fix chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Fillings may be used to repair minor tooth damage in some instances. Crowns are preferable to fillings unless the damage is minor and limited to the front teeth. Fillings are less expensive than crowns, but they are not as strong unless the damage is minimal. Otherwise, crowns are preferred.
Crowns can be successfully used to treat various dental problems, including:
- Decay – that has affected more than half the tooth, such that a filling cannot be used
- To strengthen the tooth structure following root canal therapy
- Broken or fractured teeth
- To replace large fillings
- To fix chips and cracks
- To close small gaps between teeth
- To support dental bridges when replacing missing teeth
What’s the Process For A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are one of the most popular dental restoration procedures for people of all ages, as most people are good candidates for them. Cosmetic improvements to damaged teeth can also be accomplished using tooth caps.
During your initial consultation, the dentist will examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental crowns. The treatments starts by numbing the damaged tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Then, depending on the type of damage, any decay will be removed and the site thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in preparation for placing the filling material in the cavity. The dentist will also take digital impressions that will be used to create your custom crown, making sure to match the color of your crown to that of your teeth, or use a different shade if you wish to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
Contact Your Dentist Today
Please contact your dentist today to learn more about dental crowns and other dental restorative options that can work for you.