A tooth that has been weakened due to damage, decay, or some other factor can often be strengthened with a dental crown. A crown is a cover made to fit over the top of the tooth. It is generally made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, or some other durable material. The crown completely covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. This is used to protect the tooth from further damage and provide strength for the tooth.
Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy are generally candidates for dental crowns. Without the nerve supplying nutrients to the tooth, it can become brittle and therefore susceptible to breaking or cracking. A dental crown can prevent this from happening. Teeth that have large fillings over two or more sides may be crowned for strength and stability as well.
Cracked or damaged teeth are covered with a crown to prevent further injury to the tooth. When bonding a tooth together is not an option, or the bonding will not prevent the tooth from being re-injured, the best solution may be a dental crown.
When a tooth has a large filling, sometimes a crown is needed to provide stability and strength to keep it from breaking. In some situations, a filling may be large, but not warrant the use of a crown. Under these circumstances, a dental inlay or onlay may be the better choice.
Like crowns, inlays and onlays are made from metal – usually a gold alloy, porcelain fused to metal, or a ceramic or resin material. They do not require as much loss of healthy tooth structure as a regular filling. They are made to fit directly in the space that requires filling and then are cemented into place. Onlays and inlays provide strength and protection for the tooth.
If you have a damaged tooth that may require a crown, contact Lane Family Dental today to schedule a consultation.Schedule an appointment