A dental crown is a specially designed covering, or “cap,” that replicates your tooth’s exact size and structure. Crowns are used to cover a damaged tooth and restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance.
There are many reasons to consider a dental crown if your tooth is damaged:
- Crowns protect the tooth from further damage
- They may prevent the need for a root canal or extraction
- Made of durable material, crowns can last for several years
- Crowns are designed to match the shade of the surrounding teeth for a natural appearance
Are Dental Crowns Right For You?
Dr. Farid may recommend a dental crown if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
- A Cracked or chipped tooth
- Deep discolorations that don’t respond to whitening
- Misshapen or misaligned teeth
- Severely decayed or damaged teeth
- Uneven wear as a result of teeth grinding
As long as your original tooth structure can still support a restoration, a dental crown can repair damage and improve your smile.
Some patients may need a preparatory procedure called crown lengthening before receiving a filling, a dental crown, or veneers.
This conservative treatment removes extra gum tissue, allowing your dentist to remove decay, creating a better foundation for your crown. Dental crowns can quickly fail when they fit poorly, so it’s essential to ensure proper accurate placement.