What are crowns?
A crown is sometimes referred to as a “cap”. It can be placed on any tooth – front or back – and covers the tooth like a jacket or a cup. It extends around the whole tooth all the way to the gum line. A crown can be made of porcelain/ceramic or a metal such as gold or even ceramic covered metal. A crown is different from a “filling”. A filling repairs a small portion of the tooth. The filling material is usually a composite and is used to “fill” in the area in the tooth. Fillings don’t encompass the whole tooth like a crown.
Purposes of Dental Crowns
There are several reasons a dentist may recommend a crown. Sometimes decay is so bad on a tooth that a routine filling will not work because the tooth is not strong enough or has enough structure to support a filling. Another reason is that a crown may be incorporated into a dental plan to secure a bridge. When used on front teeth, a crown may be for cosmetic reasons. In addition, if a patient has had an implant, a crown becomes the new tooth over the implant.
May Need a Dental Crown to
To repair a broken tooth
To repair misshaped or severely discolored teeth
To encase and create a dental implant
To cover and protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay
To anchor a dental bridge in place
To reinforce a tooth after a root canal
Take care of the new crown
A crown needs to be taken care of like every other tooth in the mouth. Just because it is artificial does not mean that the area around the crown will not get periodontal disease. So meticulous oral hygiene both thoroughly and frequently in all areas of the mouth should be part of your daily oral care.