A dental crown replaces the enamel shell of the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and/or to improve its appearance. A buildup is often necessary to create a strong foundation for the crown. A post and core buildup is necessary to use when you have a root canal.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak and decayed tooth from breaking
- To restore an already broken, cracked or severely worn down tooth
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Step 1: Deep decay on a molar tooth, and it is determined that once the decay is removed the tooth will not be strong enough to place a filling.
Step 2: The decay is removed and the tooth is prepared for a PFM or All-ceramic crown.
Step 3: The final crown is permanently cemented in place after ensuring the fit and bite are correct, and the patient is pleased with feel and esthetics.