A dental crown is a “cap” that fits over a prepared tooth. This common restorative dental procedure is used in situations where a tooth is damaged or badly decayed. It is also frequently used to restore a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. When the living portion of the tooth is removed, as happens with this dental procedure, the remaining tooth structure tends to become brittle and prone to fracture. A dental crown protects the tooth and enables it to once again withstand the force of chewing.
If your dentist has advised that you need a dental crown rather than a filling, the reason is probably that too much of your tooth structure needs to be removed in order to support a dental filling. In this situation, a dental crown will strengthen the tooth structure and protect it from the force of chewing.
Many people who have a large filling in a back molar that is fracturing also need a dental crown. Because too much of the tooth structure has already been removed to place the filling, only a dental crown can protect what remains.
If you are unsure of whether you need a dental crown or a filling, we welcome your call to our Springfield, OR dental practice. Give us a call today!