You probably don’t think you need a crown. Few people look in the mirror at a damaged tooth and think, “Hey, a crown would fix that!” More likely, you just look in the mirror and wonder if the tooth can be repaired. The good news is, in most cases the answer is, “yes,” often with a dental crown.

The only way to know for sure what, if anything, will restore a problematic tooth is to ask your dentist. Dr. Dean Dietrich, of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL, offers a wide range of restorative options. Dental crowns are among the most common. They are caps made of porcelain, metal, or resin that completely cover a tooth.

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A crown may be recommended for several reasons.

  • Deep cavities or large fillings may leave a tooth weak. A crown can restore and protect it.
  • Broken or worn down teeth can be restored to full size.
  • A crown can hold the parts of a cracked tooth together.
  • An infected tooth will most likely need a root canal procedure, which leaves the tooth somewhat brittle. A crown is usually placed over the treated tooth to prevent fractures.
  • Most cosmetic modifications can be made with procedures such as veneers or bonding, which are more conservative. However, a severely misshapen tooth, or one that is too weak for veneers, may be covered with a lovely porcelain crown.
  • Even if you are missing a tooth, you might need a crown. Dental bridges use crowns on existing teeth to support the replacement tooth. If you choose a dental implant, it will be topped with a specially designed cosmetic crown.

The best material depends on your preferences, and the tooth. Gold crowns are the strongest, which is especially beneficial for back teeth, which absorb the greatest impact when you bite down. Porcelain is the most natural-looking option, and many people choose it for cosmetic reasons. Resin crowns are usually used for a temporary, while a permanent crown is being fabricated.

Remember, most dental problems are progressive. If you have a damaged or painful tooth, it will probably keep getting worse until you see a dentist – so call Pleasant Dental® today at (708) 576-1900 and schedule your appointment.

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