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Feb2017

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

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What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is an artificial restoration that is used to restore chipped, cracked and damaged teeth, as well as improving their appearance and function. Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as ‘caps’ because they literally cap the existing tooth, fitting over its entire surface, like a close-fitting cap.

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To have a crown fitted, the dentist must first grind a significant portion of the existing tooth away, but the procedure is quick and painless.
They can be made from many different substances, such as porcelain, stainless-steel, resin and even glass. Crowns are also made from other metal alloys, such as gold, chromium, and nickel, and are strong and hard-wearing. Ceramic, porcelain and glass crowns, however, are considered to be the most attractive and natural-looking in appearance. A temporary crown is made from acrylic or stainless steel before the permanent crown is put into place. Your dentist will advise you on the right sort of dental crown for your needs.

You may need a dental crown if you are experiencing one or more of the following issues:

  • If you have a tooth that has been weakened from decay and needs to be protected from further damage -such as cracking- or from weakening neighbouring teeth.
  • To restore a tooth that has already been extensively ground down, chipped, or cracked.
  • To provide added protection by covering a tooth that has already been drilled and filled on numerous occasions, to the point where not much tooth actually remains.
  • To keep a dental bridge or denture secure and in position.
  • To visually cover teeth that are cosmetically unattractive, such as severely misshapen teeth or teeth that have been badly stained.
  • To disguise a dental implant.

Crowns are an ideal way to fix damaged teeth so if you think you might need a dental crown or any other dental treatment, please contact Dr. Luis Gomez at Complete Dental Health in Coral Springs, Florida. Call Dr. Gomez now on 954-228-2963!