When is a dental crown recommended? Posted on June 10, 2014 by trinhdm in Dental Crowns Since tooth decay and tooth damage are extremely common, most people will require at least one type of dental restoration in their lifetime. Restorative dentistry allows a patient to keep as much of their biological tooth as possible even if it is damaged by decay or significantly worn down. Common restorations provided by our dentist include fillings and crowns. Fillings are used to restore small areas of tooth decay while dental crowns cover an entire tooth. What is a crown exactly? A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over the tooth like a cap. A crown is made in a dental laboratory to precise measurements determined by our dentist. Because crowns are custom made, they will properly restore a damaged tooth’s size and shape. In addition to restoring tooth shape and size, crowns also preserve natural teeth from further damage. Why would a patient need a dental crown? The placement of a crown may be required for a few different reasons. Extensive tooth decay that has infected the interior structures of teeth often requires a crown. In other cases, a cracked tooth or a tooth that has significant wear may need a dental crown to restore a patient’s occlusion (bite). A crown is a conservative option in dentistry that can prevent the need for extraction. Do crowns look natural? Dental crowns can be crafted from a variety of materials. In the past, the most common material used was metal alloys. While these materials are still used today, patients have more natural looking options. For example, all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns provide a tooth-colored restoration that is virtually undetectable to others. Porcelain comes in different shades of white and reflects light like biological teeth do. These types of crowns are a great option for more visible teeth at the front of the mouth. Our dentist will help you determine which material(s) are best for your unique situation. If you are in need of a dental restoration, call our friendly team today to reserve your appointment.