Using Dental Crowns to Fix Broken, Decayed Teeth

Using Dental Crowns to Fix Broken, Decayed Teeth

September 23, 2015 Dental Crowns, Restorative Dentistry

There’s no question that dealing with a broken, decayed or damaged tooth can be troublesome for patients. But dental crowns can not only solve this problem, but be blended in naturally with your smile and enable you to eat, smile and speak with renewed confidence.

What Are They?

Crowns are caps that your dentist fits directly over a tooth that needs reinforcement for a variety of reasons. They restore function and appearance, and we’ll design them to your standards to match the shape, size and color of your surrounding teeth.

When Are They Needed?

Crowns might be used in the following situations: To protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay; to hold together parts of a cracked tooth; to restore a tooth that is worn down or broken; to protect the remaining tooth structure after a large filling has been placed, and to cap a dental implant. Crowns can also be used to make a cosmetic modification, and to hold a bridge in place. For children, a crown can be used on baby teeth to save a tooth that’s been so damaged by decay that it can’t support a filling, as well as protect the teeth of a child who is at high risk for tooth decay.

What Types Of Crowns Are There?

Dental crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic. Stainless steel crowns are primarily used by dentists as a temporary measure to protect the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. Metals used in crowns include gold alloy, or other alloys, and typically less tooth structure needs to be removed with metal crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal look more like regular teeth, while all-ceramic or all-porcelain provide a better natural color match than other types of dental crowns. Resin crowns are usually less expensive, but can wear down over time.

How Is It Done?

We’ll first remove your damaged tooth structure during the appointment, and then the crown will be placed and polished. During the appointment, we’ll determine which option suits your needs.

Is It Right For You?

A dental crown may be required depending on the severity of the damage to your tooth. Always consult with your dentist.

About Your Oakdale Dentist

Dr. Berger and his team are dedicated to providing families with exceptional dental care in a relaxed, warm environment. Call today at (631) 589-2600 to schedule a visit.

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