When Dental Crowns Are Needed
With dental crowns, the likelihood of needing a damaged tooth extracted, or pulled, is much less than it was in decades past. At Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan, Dr. Jared Hector and Dr. David Johnson routinely place crowns to restore damaged teeth. Wondering when you might need a crown? Read on to find out.
What is a crown?
You might have heard of teeth being "capped;" this is an outdated term for a crown. However, both of these names accurately describe the purpose of this restoration - to sit on top of a natural tooth. Crowns are often made from tooth-colored porcelain; they are shaped like a tooth and have a hollowed-out space on the underneath side. This space is the same shape as the tooth after your Portage dentist has prepared the tooth by removing the decayed areas. Crowns fit snugly on top of the prepared natural tooth and stay in place. Crowns can last many years with proper care.
Why do I need a crown?
There are several reasons why your Portage dentist may suggest crowns for your teeth. The main one is that you have an area of decay that is too large or deep to support a filling properly. This can also happen if a previous filling has failed. The crown will protect the tooth from breaking or bacteria from entering the tooth's interior. Crowns may also be used to cover up cosmetic flaws that can't be fixed by other means, such as whitening or bonding, and they're also the finishing touch on dental implants.
If you think one or more of your teeth might need a crown, contact Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Hector. We can be reached at (269) 381-7250.