Getting a Dental Crown

by | Apr 24, 2021 | Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants

As dentists try to restore teeth to a healthy condition, sometimes the condition of the tooth is worse than can be repaired by a simple filling or other method.

In these cases, a crown is what is used.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a cap made for the tooth, out of one of a variety of different materials. Crowns are meant to restore both shape, structure and appearance.

Is Getting a Crown Complicated?

This question isn’t easy to answer, because getting a crown is a common solution for a variety of problems. Dr. Meden will be able to let you know if getting a crown is the right option for you. Here are some potential reasons why a crown might be a good choice.

  • To make a cosmetic change, for appearance. Sometimes we use crowns to cover discolored teeth or teeth that are a little misshapen.
  • To cover and support a tooth that has a large filling. Sometimes there isn’t much tooth left, and crowns are needed for structure’s sake.
  • To restore a tooth that is already broken.
  • To protect a tooth that is already decayed or worn down.
  • To hold a dental bridge in place, or to cover a dental implant.

As you can see, crowns are needed for a variety of situations. Many of Dr. Meden’s patients, and dental patients all over, will need a crown at some point their life. Furthermore, people of all ages can need crowns.

What Material Should I Have My Crown Made From?

Dr. Meden will consult with you on the best materials for a crown. We’ve all seen someone with a gold alloy crown, or some other metal. Stainless steel is often used. A more popular and less visible option is a porcelain crown. Porcelain crowns can be fused to metal, or they can be solid porcelain.