A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its strength, shape, and appearance. The type of material used will depend on the location of the tooth, your budget, and aesthetic preferences.
You typically need a dental crown if you have experienced the following:
- Severe tooth decay
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Teeth that have been weakened by root canal treatment
- Teeth that are missing a large filling
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
The type of material that is used for a crown will depend on the specific needs of the patient and the dentist’s recommendations.
Dental crowns offer a number of benefits over fillings, including:
- They are more durable and can last for many years.
- They can restore the natural appearance of the tooth.
- They can protect the tooth from further decay.
- They can improve the chewing function of the tooth.
When is a crown necessary?
A crown is necessary when a filling is not enough to restore the tooth. For example, if a tooth has a large cavity, a filling may not be able to fill the entire cavity and protect the tooth from further decay. In this case, a crown may be necessary to restore the tooth to its original shape and strength.
How is a dental crown placed?
The placement of a dental crown is a two-step process. First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing some of the decayed or damaged tissue. Then, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental lab. The lab will create the crown based on the impression and return it to the dentist. The dentist will then cement the crown in place.
The cost of a dental crown
The cost of a dental crown will vary depending on the type of material that is used, the location of the tooth. In general, crowns are more expensive than fillings. However, they offer a number of benefits that can make them a worthwhile investment.
Caring for a dental crown
Once a dental crown is placed, it is important to care for it properly. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and avoiding chewing on hard objects. You should also see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Dental crowns are a valuable tool for restoring the function and appearance of damaged teeth. They offer a number of benefits over fillings, including their durability, long lifespan, and ability to improve the appearance of the tooth.
If you are considering a dental crown or have any questions or concerns, be sure to talk to us at Verve Dental in Bentleigh East.