A dental crown is a “cover” that cements over an existing tooth. Sometimes a tooth has a crack or a large filling that needs to be replaced, but has a good, stable root, a crown may be placed to help preserve your bite and smile. A crown can be made of different materials, such as porcelain or ceramic, porcelain over a metal alloys, or a gold alloy with no tooth-colored material at all.
Why do I need a crown?
A dental crown is used to cover the top of a tooth that has been comprised either through bruxism (grinding the teeth) or after a root canal. Sometimes a tooth has a large crack that would make a simple filling impractical because of the strong bite force your jaw has. A crown would be placed over this tooth to give it strength.
Sometimes teeth that are misshapen or severely discolored can be covered by crowns to make your smile brighter and even.
Caring for dental crowns
A dental crown is placed over a single tooth or implant and is relatively simple to take care of. Avoid chewing hard food, like ice, which can fracture the ceramic coating of a crown. Don’t chew on non-food items like pens or pencils.
In need of immediate care?
Dr. Lipe provides emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call (303) 744-0600