By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown offers the ideal solution when a damaged tooth affects your smile. Our Carbondale, IL, dentist, Dr. Mazhar Butt, discusses dental crownsthe advantages of dental crowns.

How can a crown help me?

Crowns offer two important benefits. They protect damaged or fragile teeth from fracturing and restore teeth that have already fractured. Hollow crowns slip over teeth and are constructed of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Both of these materials look like tooth enamel and are strong enough to endure years of biting and chewing.g

How do crowns protect damaged teeth?

As tough as teeth are, they aren't indestructible. They can break, chip or crack if you experience a blow to the face, use your teeth as a tool to open a bottle, or bite into a hard nut. Teeth can become more brittle and subject to cracking or breaking as you age. Brittle teeth also tend to run in some families.

Dental procedures used to restore teeth, such as root canal therapy and large fillings, can also weaken them and make them more susceptible to damage. Topping a damaged tooth with a crown offers these benefits:

  • Restoration: After you receive a crown, you can once again use the tooth to chew.
  • Appearance: Crowns cover cracks, chips, discolorations and the exposed sections of broken teeth. You'll feel like smiling again when you see how much better your tooth looks with the addition of a crown.
  • No Further Damage: Even the tiniest crack can increase the chance that your tooth will break under pressure eventually. Crowns absorb strong forces generated by chewing, protecting your teeth.
  • Lower Cavity Risk: Cracks and chips in teeth create convenient pathways for bacteria to enter your teeth. Crowns seal and protect teeth.

What happens when I receive a crown?

Before you receive your crown, all sides of your tooth must be filed down. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures a comfortable fit for your crown. After your tooth is reduced in our Carbondale office, we'll make an impression of your mouth, which will be used to create your crown in a dental laboratory. Crowns usually require two dental appointments spaced about two weeks apart. The first appointment involves sizing the tooth, making an impression and covering the tooth with a temporary crown. During the second appointment, you'll receive your permanent crown.

Do you have a damaged tooth? Call our Carbondale, IL, dentist, Dr. Butt, at (618) 457-2123 to schedule an appointment to discuss dental crowns.