For teeth that are badly damaged, dental crowns can be an effective treatment option. The dental crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post.
To sum up some of the indications for a crown are:
- Extensive damage by decay.
- Discolorations and compromised aesthetics.(mainly front teeth)
- Fractured tooth
- Root canal – After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more prone to fracture. These teeth need to be protected by a crown.
- Bridges – When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require crowns in order to support the replacement teeth.