Dental problems are never fun, but thankfully modern dentistry offers many solutions. If you have a tooth that is suffering from decay, your dentist may recommend a crown. What is a crown and when is one necessary? Read on to learn more.

When is a Crown Needed?

A crown is typically recommended when a tooth has been damaged enough that it needs a little extra help to be strong again. Unlike a filling that simply fills a small area of a tooth, a crown fits over a tooth and restores the structure to help protect it from further damage.

What Does a Crown Look Like?

Crowns can be made out of various materials, but most commonly a crown is made from a tooth-colored material, so it looks just like your natural tooth! Typically, the goal of using a dental crown is to restore your smile to it’s natural, healthy beauty.

How is a Crown Installed?

Often, before a crown is installed, the tooth will first need to be prepared for the crown. If the tooth has been damaged, the damaged or infected part of the tooth will be removed and the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned.

Once the tooth is ready for the crown, a temporary crown may be put in place to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is custom made. When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will fix it in place with a special dental cement or glue to seal your tooth from future damage. The result is often a restored tooth that looks and feels just like a healthy, natural tooth.

Is a Crown Right for You?

Now that we’ve talked about the answer to the question, “What is a crown?” you’re probably wondering if you need a crown. The only way to know if a crown is right for you is to visit your dentist for a thorough exam of the affected tooth. Your dentist will assess any damage and then let you know the best and most effective way to restore and maintain the smile you desire.

If you have more questions like, “What is a crown?” don’t hesitate to bring them up during your visit! Your optimum dental health is our top priority and your dentist will be happy to do whatever they can to help ensure that all your dental goals are met.

Call our Lee's Summit dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.