Crowns on a tooth are needed for different reasons. Basically, a crown (or cap) is a full coverage restoration that covers the entire tooth, thus protecting and strengthening the original tooth. Dr. Curry will always first try to use standard filling methods if a tooth is chipped or broken. When a tooth is broken or chipped to the point that a traditional filling will not work, then a crown is the next step needed to fix the tooth.
Other reasons teeth may need a crown:
- Chipped or broken teeth beyond the point that a filling will work
- Large metal fillings that need replacing
- Large decay is present on the tooth
- Cosmetic reasons (ex. ugly dark line at the top of an old crown)
- Tooth has had a root canal
- Tooth has an old existing crown that needs replacing
Types of Crowns Used at our Birmingham Area Dental Office
There are several types of crowns available today and porcelain (tooth colored crown) continues to be the most popular, mainly because they look so much like real teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are custom made to match the original shape, color, width, and height of the tooth. Porcelain crowns can be made of All-Porcelain or be a layer of porcelain that is covered over a metal framework. There are also all metal crowns made of gold and other materials. Dr. Curry will go over each particular case, the price of the different crowns and together we will decide which type of crown is best for you.
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