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A crown can protect and save fractured or extensively decayed teeth.

The Problem:

  • Extensively decayed teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Need to protect and strengthen teeth

How a crown protects a damaged tooth.

The Solution:

A crown (often called a “cap”) covers the tooth and restores it back to its original shape and size. Dr. Pooley will start by removing decay from the tooth, and then take a highly accurate impression of the prepared surface. This impression is then sent to a dental laboratory and used to create a model of the tooth, which is then used to create a porcelain (tooth colored) crown. Finally, the crown is returned to our office and bonded to the prepared surface of the tooth.

Advantages:
Crowns are very strong due to the fact that they are created in a laboratory. They protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Pooley, a crown will fit almost perfectly onto the prepared tooth, creating a virtually seamless margin between the crown and the tooth. This helps minimize the risk of decay forming under the crown.

Crowns should be placed before the tooth is so decayed that it may fracture. This can often help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future. It can also prevent the possibility that a fractured tooth may need to be removed, requiring the expense of a bridge or implant to replace the missing tooth.

Disadvantages:
Crowns are excellent restorations and although they are highly durable, as with all restorations, they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.

Occasionally, a tooth may need root canal therapy after being crowned. However, this indicates that the inside of the tooth was already infected and would have eventually needed root canal therapy anyway.

Alternatives:
In the event that a tooth is so decayed or fractured that it needs to be removed, the best alternatives to a crown are bridges and/or dental implants to replace the missing tooth.

All porcelain (Celtra) crowns can be placed on both anterior and posterior teeth.  The Celtra crown produces long-lasting, natural-looking, high-quality standards.

 

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