What are Dental Crowns?
By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out how this popular restoration could actually improve the health of your smile.

Has our Saginaw, MI, dentist, Dr. Greg Herzler, recently told you that you need a dental crown? Or perhaps you’re just wondering whydental crowns dental crowns are necessary and if they could benefit you. Whatever the case might be, we are here to tell you more about these tooth-shaped restorations.

What are dental crowns?

This restoration is designed to look just like the natural crown of a tooth and it’s completely hollow so that it can fit over the tooth and be cemented into place. Once the crown is permanently placed it will become the tooth’s new outer surface to improve its durability and functionality, or just to improve its shape or size.

When should I consider getting a dental crown?

A dental crown is an amazingly versatile restoration so it can be used for multiple reasons. If your tooth has been damaged by decay and the damage is too extensive for a dental filling then a crown will need to be placed once the decay has been removed in order to restore strength back into the tooth.

The same principle applies if the tooth has been damaged or weakened by trauma or an infection. Has our Saginaw general dentist told you that you need root canal therapy? In many cases, a crown will be placed over the tooth after a root canal to protect it.

Of course, a dental crown isn’t just used to protect a tooth from further damage. It also offers aesthetic benefits, as well. Do you have a tooth that is badly misshapen, discolored or malformed in some way? Even if it these problems don’t affect how the tooth functions it can negatively impact your appearance and self-esteem. A crown can easily be placed over this tooth to hide these imperfections.

Crowns can also be implemental in tooth loss, as crowns can hold a dental bridge in place or cover a dental implant.

Do crowns last forever?

While dental crowns are designed to take on a lot of wear and tear from chewing and biting, it’s important that you treat it just like a real tooth and provide it with proper care and maintenance. While some crowns can last a couple of decades, it’s more common for them to last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? If so, then it’s time to turn your questions to our restorative dental expert, Dr. Herzler. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.