Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out.
The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Dental crowns hold the tooth together, even if it is almost hollow from a root canal or other procedure.
Dental crowns are the most efficient way of salvaging a damaged tooth. With a dental crown, your tooth can be restored and protected from future damage or decay. Dental crowns are protective caps that are placed over a patient’s entire tooth, they act to protect against bacteria, breakage and further decay.
Once a crown is in place, the patient’s tooth will look and feel relatively the same.
Dental crowns are an essential part of preventive dental care, and can help stop future, more serious oral problems before they start!