“At your clinical examination, your dentist may suggest that the proper means of restoring your teeth is dental crowns. The reasons for making that suggestion can vary from case to case. Some of the indications for dental crowns are:
- A previously filled tooth where there now exists more fillings than the tooth itself. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling.
- Extensive damage by decay.
- Discolorations and compromised esthetics.
- Root canal – After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more apt to fracture. They, therefore, need to be protected by a dental crown.
- Bridges – When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require dental crowns in order to support the replacement teeth.
Dental Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your teeth. Crowns can be made from different materials including a full porcelain crown, porcelain fused-to-metal crown and an all-metal crown. You and Stewart C. Brody DDS. will decide which type is appropriate, depending upon the strength and esthetic concerns of the tooth involved.
Dental Crown Fittings require at least two appointments. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown, an impression is made of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the crown is removed. The final dental crown is then fitted, adjusted and cemented into place.