A tooth can lose its normal shape and size for a variety of reasons. A crown covers your tooth to help restore its original shape and size. Crowns can also be used to make teeth stronger and look better.

Crowns have a variety of uses. In some cases that require a large filling, there isn’t enough tooth remaining to keep the filling in place. A crown can strengthen the tooth and hold the filling. Crowns can also protect teeth that are weak, or help fix ones that are broken. Discolored or misshaped teeth can be covered by a crown, as can dental implants.

Your dentist may recommend a crown for any of the reasons, among many others. Crowns play an important role in dental health, and if you are in need of one, please contact our office today.

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Dental Crowns FAQs

Why might a tooth need a dental crown?

A tooth may need a dental crown for various reasons. It could lose its normal shape and size due to factors such as decay, trauma, or a large filling. A crown is used to cover the tooth, restoring its original shape and size. Crowns can also strengthen teeth and improve their appearance.

How do dental crowns help restore the shape and size of a tooth?

Dental crowns are designed to cover a tooth completely, helping to restore its original shape and size. The crown is customized to fit over the prepared tooth, providing a protective and functional covering that blends seamlessly with the natural teeth.

What are the uses of dental crowns?

Dental crowns have various uses, including strengthening a tooth that requires a large filling, holding a filling in place when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure, protecting weak teeth, fixing broken teeth, and covering discolored or misshaped teeth. Crowns can also be used to cover dental implants.

Why is a crown recommended for a tooth with a large filling?

When a tooth requires a large filling, there may not be enough natural tooth remaining to support the filling adequately. A crown is recommended to strengthen the tooth, provide support to the filling, and prevent further damage or fracture.

How do crowns protect weak teeth?

Crowns protect weak teeth by providing a durable and protective covering. The crown encases the weak tooth, preventing further damage and offering support. This is particularly important for teeth that are structurally compromised and at risk of breaking or fracturing.

Can dental crowns fix broken teeth?

Yes, dental crowns can fix broken teeth by covering and protecting the damaged area. The crown acts as a protective shell, restoring the tooth’s structure and preventing further breakage. The type of crown recommended will depend on the extent of the tooth’s damage.

Are dental crowns suitable for discolored or misshaped teeth?

Yes, dental crowns are suitable for discolored or misshaped teeth. They can be used to cover and enhance the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

Can dental crowns be placed on dental implants?

Yes, dental crowns can be placed on dental implants. Crowns serve as the visible and functional part of the implant restoration, resembling and functioning like natural teeth. This is a common method for replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Why is a dental crown recommended for a broken tooth instead of a filling?

When a tooth is extensively broken, a filling alone may not provide sufficient support and protection. A dental crown is recommended because it covers the entire tooth, adding strength and preventing further damage. The crown acts as a more comprehensive and protective solution for broken teeth.

How can I determine if I need a dental crown?

If you are experiencing dental issues such as a large filling, a broken tooth, weakened teeth, or cosmetic concerns, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. It’s important to schedule a consultation for a thorough examination and personalized recommendations based on your specific dental needs.