By Dr. Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
January 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Can a Crown Save My Tooth? How a dental crown can fix a damaged tooth.

Years ago, if you had a tooth that was damaged, your only real option was to have the tooth taken out, but dentistry has changed a lot since then. Now there are many options available to you to fix your teeth, but you need the help of a professional, like Dr. Mazhar Butt of Carbondale, Illinois, your neighborhood expert on dental crowns.Crowns

Now, instead of creating a hole where your tooth used to be, you can strengthen your damaged tooth with a dental crown. Sometimes, a tooth is just too badly damaged to restore with treatment, but most often a tooth can be strengthened by inserting posts, and a strong amalgam (silver) framework which supports the final crown.

Dental crowns are made of different materials, and each has its own advantages. The main types of crowns are:

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal- the least expensive, this type of crown has both compressive strength and beauty; usually reserved for your premolars (bicuspids) and molars.
  • Porcelain jacket-  the most beautiful, this type of crown is used for your front teeth, which don’t require as much chewing strength. It is virtually indistinguishable from the teeth around it.
  • Full gold- the most expensive--due to the cost of the crown and the price of gold the day it is cast--but also it has the best compressive or chewing strength; this type of crown is typically reserved for your back teeth.

You will typically require two appointments to place a crown. During the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown, and an impression will be made of your teeth for your final crown. Dr. Butt will color-match your teeth with the crown, to give you the most natural look possible. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, where dental technicians will custom-make a crown just for you. At your second appointment, Dr. Butt will cement your beautiful, new, custom crown.

Crowns have many advantages over dental fillings because they are less likely to break or need replacing, and with proper care, they can last for your lifetime. If you have a damaged tooth and are thinking about a dental crown, stop by and talk with Dr. Mazhar Butt of Carbondale, Illinois. He can get your poor tooth back in shape, so call today!