When Might I Need Crowns On My Teeth?
Dental crowns are a popular restoration for patients who have a tooth that needs protection, as well as aesthetic appeal. Crowns are typically made of porcelain and are made to look similar to that of a natural tooth. The crown is then bonded and placed on top of a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or has recently undergone a root canal and had extensive fillings placed. A crown is similar to a “cap” that helps protect a tooth and change its appearance, while providing strength and aesthetics.
Situations in which a dental crown may need to be placed may vary. If a patient has had trauma to a natural tooth, a dental crown may be made and placed over the top of the tooth to keep it protected. Teeth that are chipped or cracked can benefit from a porcelain dental crown. By keeping the tooth covered and protected, it will keep further damage from occurring and help save the patient’s natural tooth.
Additionally, dental crowns are also often placed on top of teeth that have received extensive fillings or have recently had root canal therapy. Root canals essentially remove the “living” portion of a tooth, which can leave it brittle and prone to damage. Fillings that take up an extreme portion of the tooth can also leave a tooth more susceptible to damage, so the placement of a porcelain dental crown can assist the tooth in strength.
Depending upon the situation, Dr. Kurt may also consider a porcelain veneer for patients that may experience a great benefit from that restoration instead. An examination of the dental concern will be done by this Clairemont dentist in order to determine which one the patient will benefit from the most.
Some restorations are not just made for cosmetic reasons. Some patients may need certain restorations to help protect their teeth, such as crowns on teeth. Dr. Serena Kurt uses crowns for two main reasons: to improve the appearance of a patient’s tooth and to protect it.
Many patients are curious to know when they need crowns on teeth. Our dentists at Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have several situations in which they may utilize dental crowns. First, crowns are often bonded over the top of teeth that need protection. This may be due to a root canal or a breakage in the tooth that leaves it susceptible to further damage. A dental crown can be bonded over the top of a tooth to give it strength and provide a first line of defense for the tooth. If damage does occur, the porcelain crown takes the brunt of the damage while the natural tooth remains intact and protected.
Second, dental crowns are used to cover imperfections on a tooth. On teeth where porcelain veneers will not work (such as molars), a dental crown is placed instead.
Third, crowns may be utilized to complete a dental implant. When a periodontist places a dental implant, the patient can visit Dr. Kurt, of Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, for the final restorative treatment. An abutment is placed and a dental crown is used to replace a missing natural tooth.
Dental crowns are fabricated to match a patient’s existing teeth, and are made to look as natural and as beautiful as possible. Cosmetic dentists, such as those at Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, can use dental crowns for these reasons and provide patient’s with not only a beautiful smile, but also a functioning one.
When you want to protect a tooth from damage, you and your dentist may strongly consider the use of a dental crown. Dental crowns are restorations created with ceramic, porcelain or gold that fit over the top of your natural tooth and are cemented with special bonding materials.
The process of placing a dental crown is simple. First, we will consult with you regarding your dental concerns. Many times, crowns are needed for patients who have chipped, cracked, broken, or discolored teeth. Additionally, crowns are also placed on top of teeth that have recently undergone root canal therapy in order to protect them from breakage. This is because they can become brittle and fragile after such a procedure. Dr. Kurt will be able to determine if you are a candidate for a dental crown.
Once you have decided on protecting your tooth with a dental crown, Dr. Kurt will file down a thin portion of the enamel on the tooth in order to make room for the crown. An impression is then taken, and this is sent to a lab that creates the actual dental crown itself. A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Once Dr. Kurt receives the restoration from the lab, another appointment will be made in order for him to place this new crown over the prepared tooth.
Dr. Serena Kurt of Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Clairemont, CA provides high quality porcelain dental crowns at his dental office. Patients of all ages and stages can benefit from dental crowns, as well as other cosmetic dentistry restorations. If you believe you may require a dental crown, call us today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out if restorations such as these can address dental concerns and problems that you may be facing.