Millions of people have dental crowns in their mouths, but not very many can tell you what the tooth underneath it looks like. Why? Because they don’t see it.
Dental crowns are used for many different treatments, such as a cracked tooth, restoring integrity to a tooth with decay, or covering up a blemish, among others. Once you walk into your dentist’s office with one of these ailments, you sit down in the chair and the dentist gets to work.
It is likely that by the time the dentist covers the tooth with your new dental crown, it no longer looks like it did.
How much tooth structure is needed for a crown? Although this is something for your dentist to worry about, it is always a good idea to be informed about your own dental treatments - so, let’s talk about it.
How a Dental Crown is Placed
A dental crown is placed over the natural tooth which is why it is sometimes referred to as a cap. To prepare the tooth for the procedure, impressions are made of the natural tooth as it fits between those around it. Any decay or infection that is present will then be removed. What’s more, enamel may need to be removed in order for the crown to fit properly.
As it covers your tooth, protecting and giving it strength on all sides, it cannot remain its natural size and fit in with your other teeth. Not only will this look odd, but it will be uncomfortable and throw your bite off, as well.
Another round of impressions is taken before the crown is made and then cemented in place.
How Much Tooth Structure is Needed for a Crown?
Natural tooth structure is needed for the crown to be attached. Without it, you may need another type of treatment.
The more healthy tissue your tooth has, the better. However, a dentist really only needs about 25% of the natural tooth to keep a dental crown in place. A procedure known as crown lengthening may be used if necessary to expose more tooth material and give you a better chance for a successful dental crown.
Dental Crown Alternatives
Dental crowns are used in many different ways, especially when it comes to restorative and cosmetic dentistry. And while many patients find great success with them, they are not always the best solution.
The good news is that there are alternative treatment options, such as dental implants and dental bridges, that can be used based on your personal need. Meeting with an experienced dental team is the first step in making progress on your oral health.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
Is a dental crown part of the solution for your dental needs? Find out more about how a dental crown can benefit your oral health. At A&R Advanced Dental Group, we use CAD/CAM technology to provide precise, high-quality dental crowns in our office.
To learn more or schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations, contact us today!
Pomona Office: 845-364-9400
Brooklyn Office: 718-376-1666
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