Over time your teeth can begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as cracks and decay. If your dentist notices that you have a tooth that is cracked or decayed beyond the point where a simple filling or bonding would be enough to preserve the structural integrity of your tooth, a dental crown may be needed to prevent further structural problems with the tooth.
What are dental crowns?
A tooth crown is an artificial cap for teeth that replaces some of the visible portion of your tooth. The dental crown can be placed to restore some of your natural tooth structure, or used to restore a dental implant. A crown will help you preserve your natural bite, and maintain a healthy straight smile.
Why do I need a crown?
If you have a deeply decayed tooth, or decay under an existing restoration, bacteria can slowly make their way through the decay into the nerve of your tooth and cause an infection of the tooth, which may require a root canal or tooth extraction procedure.
Crowns are used for three main reasons:
1. The tooth is too damaged to repair with a filling
2. To reinforce the tooth following a root canal procedure
3. To restore a tooth after the tooth has been replaced with a dental implant
What are tooth crowns made of?
Dental crowns can be made from all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or all gold. Ask your dentist which material would suit your needs best, since different materials have different advantages and disadvantages. Crowns will typically last several years, and possibly many more if cared for properly.
Receiving dental crowns
1 – Consultation: You will meet with one of our highly trained Boise dentists to determine if a tooth crown is the right treatment plan, and if so, which type of crown will work best for you.
2 – Preparation: A tooth crown can be placed on your visible tooth roots or a dental implant. If you natural tooth will be used as a base, the tooth will be shaped to fit the new crown. If your dental crown is to be placed on an implant, then it will be made to attach to the implant.
3 – Attachment: Once the tooth has been shaped, or the abutment prepared, the crown will be made, either by a dental lab, or by our in-house, same-day Cerec CAD/CAM system, and then secured in place to protect your damaged tooth.
Our dentists also offer the latest in-office CEREC same-day porcelain restoration technology. A dental crown can now be completed in a single visit, with no follow-up appointment necessary.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Whether it’s a gold crown, porcelain crown or veneer, crowns provide a number of aesthetic and functional benefits for your teeth.
Aesthetics: Once the crown has been placed over your damaged tooth, it will be virtually unrecognizable, restoring the natural beauty of your smile.
Durability: When cared for properly, a dental crown can last around 15 years. It is important that you care for your crown as you would for any natural tooth with regular brushing and flossing.
Functionality: Crowns are shaped exactly to fit the natural structure of your surrounding teeth. This ensures you maintain a natural bite and prevents additional wear and tear on the surrounding teeth and gums.
Future Expense: A crown will prevent infections and more severe damage to the tooth structure, which require more invasive (and expensive) treatment plans.
If you have a damaged or missing tooth, consider consulting with one of our trusted dentists today. They will advise you whether or not a dental crown is the best course of treatment for you (208.322.5655).