When is a Dental Crown Necessary?

For some patients, a significant amount of tooth decay means that a traditional dental filling won’t be sufficient to restore the tooth. In these cases, patients may be fitted with ceramic crowns to provide additional protection to the natural tooth.

Similarly, dental crowns may be placed when a tooth has been severely damaged by injury or following a root canal in order to strengthen the tooth. A dental implant may also support a crown to replace a missing tooth, and crowns are placed as part of a dental bridge to anchor the pontic to surrounding teeth.

Patients may also choose crowns solely for cosmetic reasons, such as concealing a deep stain or improving the appearance of an undersized or misshapen tooth. Dental crowns can help you preserve your natural teeth, which is generally a preferred option to extraction.

Many patients will consult with a prosthodontist, a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth, to be fitted with a crown. Prosthodontists are well-versed in the most advanced materials used in restorations and can help to maintain a life-like appearance even with a prosthetic device like a crown. 

Ceramic crowns are particularly attractive to many patients because they can be designed to closely match the shading and appearance of natural teeth. However, ceramic crowns are not quite as strong as those that incorporate metal, so ask Dr. Seal if ceramic is a good choice for the particular tooth that is being restored.

The first step in getting a crown is an initial examination, in which necessary data is collected to inform the design of the crown. A patient may request certain features, such as a particular shade. Patients who are planning to receive teeth whitening treatments should coordinate the timing appropriately, as crowns (and other prosthetics like veneers) do not respond to the bleaching gels used in these treatments.

During your first visit, the tooth will also be prepped for crown placement. Some enamel will be removed from your tooth to make way for the crown. A temporary crown will be set while awaiting the permanent one.

When the permanent crown is available from the dental lab, you will return to the office to have it placed. After the crown is bonded to your tooth, no further adjustments can be mad,  so make sure you are satisfied with the final product.

With over 25 years’ experience as a Dallas prosthodontist, Dr. Seal serves residents in Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities. To learn more about your restorative options, contact Dr. Greg Seal’s office at 214.361.0883 today to schedule your consultation.