A crown is placed on a tooth to restore contour, shape, and function as well as to help prevent a tooth fracture. Decay, trauma, or an existing restoration can undermine important structural parts of the tooth, putting it at risk for a fracture. A dentist will recommend a crown be placed on a tooth to try to preempt such an incident, as a tooth fracture can be unpredictable, and may happen when your dentist is not readily available. Rather than risk a fracture that will require an emergency root canal, or even an extraction, a dentist will put a crown over a tooth to make it more suitable to withstand the forces of chewing and reduce its risk of fracture. Often times crowns become necessary on teeth that have had multiple fillings, but can also be used to improve the aesthetic qualities, such as shape and color, of the tooth.
When receiving a crown, there are different materials that can be used depending on the patient’s priorities. If strength and longevity are important to the patient, a gold crown is often the best option, as they tend to last the longest, and are able to better withstand every day “wear and tear”. If aesthetics are important, or if the crown is in the anterior section of the mouth, a porcelain crown can be fabricated to look just like the natural tooth. Our office works together with experienced lab technicians to achieve the highest quality product, whatever type of crown you may require.