A dental crown covers the entire visible service of a tooth. They can be placed on molars as well as front teeth. Crowns can be constructed from metal—usually gold—or from natural-colored porcelain or composite that is color-matched to your teeth.
Necessity of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are most often used to preserve a tooth that has been damaged. Teeth can become cracked to the point where they cannot be repaired with veneers or other methods. In order to hold the remaining tooth together, a dental crown is placed. These kinds of severe cracks can occur due to trauma, extensive decay, or because of extra-large fillings or in the process of having fillings replaced.
Dental crowns are also used as the final stage in a root canal treatment. After the root pulp and nerve are removed from the tooth, a crown is placed in order to preserve the remaining tooth. In most cases where dental crowns are used, the tooth would otherwise have to be removed due to its level of damage or decay.
Cosmetic use of Dental Crowns
In other cases, dental crowns are used for cosmetic purposes. Crowns can be used to correct:
- Cracked, chipped or pitted teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Severely discolored teeth
Our DDS in Grand Prairie can help you determine if a crown is the best option, or if porcelain veneers or another cosmetic treatment might work better for you. In many cases, your dentist will discuss with you various options for treatment that are less invasive and require less restructuring of the tooth before deciding to use a crown.
If you have a problem with your teeth that you feel might be best treated with a dental crown, please contact our offices. We will schedule an appointment or a consultation to discuss your needs and goals, and develop a treatment plan that will work best for your teeth. Call today to find out what we can do to give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.