When Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Posted by Kobi Voshell Apr 28, 2023

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A dental crown is a restoration that protects and strengthens a tooth that has suffered damage or decay. At Willow Creek Family Dentistry, it is crafted from tooth-colored porcelain to hide any visible signs of damage but is strong enough to restore the tooth’s strength and function. The crown fits over the remaining portion of the natural tooth structure and is cemented in place. The result is a restored tooth that looks natural and functions well.

There are several reasons a patient may choose a dental crown. A dental crown may restore its form and strength if the tooth has become cracked or chipped due to an accident or injury. Crowns are also frequently used to save teeth severely damaged by tooth decay; the teeth may be too weak to be restored with fillings. Finally, crowns may also be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or uneven teeth.

The Procedure for Dental Crowns

Getting a crown is usually completed in two appointments at our office. At the first appointment, we remove any damaged tooth portion and then take an impression of the area to send to our lab. The impression is used to design the crown and ensure it fits comfortably in your mouth. We use a unique material to preserve your tooth's natural look while offering strength and stability. This durable material will blend in with your smile and help protect your newly restored tooth for many years. Once your crown is ready, we will place and attach it during a second visit. Your dentist will adjust it to ensure the perfect fit before it is permanently affixed. Your dentist will do all they can to ensure your new restoration blends seamlessly with your other teeth for a beautiful result.

When Are Dental Crowns Used?

There are several reasons why a patient or a dentist might decide to get a dental crown. They are typically used for situations that affect the outward appearance of teeth, such as fractures and damage that affects a tooth’s structure. A crown can also help to protect and strengthen a weak tooth that otherwise may break easily. In addition to aesthetic and functional benefits, a crown can cover up a more serious issue, such as a cavity, and prevent it from worsening over time. Veneers are another option for covering and protecting a tooth that is cracked or discolored. However, crowns tend to last longer and provide a more permanent solution.

If you recently had a damaged tooth repaired or replaced, our dentist may recommend getting a dental crown to provide additional protection. Get in touch with Willow Creek Family Dentistry at 2346 Mormon Trek Blvd, Suite 2600, Iowa City, IA 52246, or call (319) 339-4456 to talk with our dentist about your situation and the best option.

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