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Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

When Is a Dental Crown Necessary?

A dental crown or “cap” may be necessary for a variety of reasons:

  • Protection from breaking for a weak tooth that is severely decayed
  • To hold together pieces of a cracked tooth
  • Restore a broken tooth that has become extremely worn down
  • When there is not a lot of tooth left, used to cover and support the tooth such as with a large filling
  • Used to hold a dental bridge in place
  • To mask or hide discolored or deformed teeth
  • Hide or cover a dental implant

Consult the professionals at Bay View Dental Care the minute you suspect that your tooth is being compromised due to decay or injury. We will carefully evaluate the tooth to determine if a crown or another dental procedure is required.

We know that quality dental work can cost a fair amount. That’s why Bay View Dental Care offers the highest quality crowns and bridges for a reasonable price. Plus our Dental Protection Plan can help you pay for the expenses your insurance may not cover.
Call Bay View Dental Care. Phone 414-482-2090 to book a free consultation about your crown treatment.