Crown Restoration of Broken or Fractured Teeth
When a tooth has broken or fractured, it becomes weakened due to the loss of tooth structure. To protect that tooth from further fracturing, some kind of full coverage restoration is necessary. Teeth that have large fillings, typically silver fillings, can break from chewing forces over time and may also be a good candidate for a crown. Crown restorations have been used for many years with a proven track record of protection.
There are many different types of materials used to make crowns. Ceramic or tooth-colored crowns are most often used, although some teeth may be better with an all metal or gold crown. The tooth being crowned will be prepared with 1 mm of removal of tooth structure around the perimeter of the tooth and 1.5-2 mm on the biting surface of the tooth. This is necessary to get a crown to fit over the tooth. We are so fortunate to have Digital Solutions for this, called CEREC, that allows for many same-day crowns. So convenient to avoid a second appointment and comfortable due to no temporary crown!
Frequently Asked Questions About Crowns
We are here to answer all of your crown-related questions! Don’t see a question you have below? Contact us, as we’d love to answer any and all of your questions!
A crown is a ceramic or metal device that is placed over a tooth to prevent further damage, such as fracturing.
With good oral hygiene, a dental crown can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years before needing to be replaced.
To keep your dental crown clean and to take good care of it, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss consistently.
While you may experience some discomfort, getting a dental crown is by no means painful. We do our best here to make our patients as comfortable as possible, and most of our patients say they didn’t feel any discomfort at all!