A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for several purposes. A cap is placed over the original tooth to prevent further decay or damage while preserving as much original tooth as possible. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a significantly damaged or decayed tooth. The crown is custom-made to fit the entire tooth, starting at the gum line to restore it to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal; porcelain crowns are common because they match your tooth’s natural color and appearance. Our dentist will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for several other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including to:
- Protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- Anchor and attach a dental bridge
- Cover and complete a dental implant
- Enhance the beauty of your smile
- Improve a misshapen tooth
- Strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weak
- Support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, we welcome you to contact us today!
Our dental team may recommend a dental crown to help resolve an array of dental needs:
- Severe decay or damage too extensive for more conservative options
- Restoring complete form and function to smiles after root canal therapy
- Partnered to a dental implant to replace a single tooth
- Dental crowns placed on healthy teeth can be used to support a fixed bridge tooth replacement for one or more consecutive lost teeth.
iSmile’s talented dentists may recommend a dental crown if your tooth is fractured or badly decayed. When teeth are weakened, and a filling is not possible, a crown can help cover and protect your tooth to prevent further damage and restore its appearance and function. A dental crown is usually the last resort when a tooth has been badly damaged and weakened, and a filling is not the fair resolution. First, decay is removed, and the dental crown is fitted over the entire tooth strengthening its structure and restoring functionality. Call iSmile today to learn more about dental crowns and schedule your appointment. Some iSmile offices offer same-day crowns through the utilization of our CEREC® machine.