In cases of minor injury to a tooth or a small cavity, a conservative restoration method like dental bonding or a filling can be used to repair the defect. However, when the damage is more extensive, a larger restoration is likely to be necessary.
For a sizeable cavity or a tooth that is significantly harmed by dental trauma, a dentist may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth from further disfigurement. Dental crowns also are placed to protect a tooth that is more fragile following a root canal treatment, and these devices are also used to anchor fixed dental bridges.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that may be made of composite resin materials, advanced ceramics or porcelain fused to metals for additional strength. The materials used to make crowns are designed to mimic natural enamel to make the restoration as lifelike as possible.
The process of designing dental crowns requires the dentist to collect adequate data from the patient. The dentist typically needs to remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to make room for the crown, and after that step is complete, the dentist will take a mold of the tooth and provide it to the dental technicians who will be crafting the crown.
The crown can easily be designed to meet the patient’s unique specifications, with ample consideration given to ensuring that the crown’s shade and shape will fit in seamlessly with the rest of the smile.
Dental crowns are quite durable when patients take good care of them. Avoid engaging in any activities that could damage a natural tooth, such as biting into a hard non-food object, and keep up good oral hygiene habits. Although the restoration itself cannot develop a cavity because it is not made of biological material, the tooth underneath certainly can be susceptible to decay, which could compromise the stability of the crown.
Dental crowns can help restore a complete, beautiful smile for patients. If you have a severely damaged tooth, discuss this treatment option with our dental team. Call (972) 278-9901 to schedule your visit.