Dental CrownsA dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of 'natural' tooth left.
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
- To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth, to make more aesthetically pleasing.
- To cover a dental implant.
- To make a cosmetic modification, such as shape and size of tooth (teeth).
For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth in order to:
- Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can't support a filling.
- Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.
- Decrease the frequency of sedation and general anesthesia for children unable because of age, behavior, or medical history to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.
- To protect a tooth that has had a Pulpotomy (baby root canal).
What types of Crowns are available?
There are two main categories of crowns available today, traditional and computer aided.