Crowns are the top, hard, outer shell of a tooth that covers, protects, seals and strengthens the tooth. Because it’s the only part of the tooth that cannot repair itself, when damaged from decay or injury, a new crown may have to be created. The new crown fits over the entire top of the tooth just like your original crown.
Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD uses CEREC (CAD-CAM) technology to custom-fabricate and cement a porcelain crown in the same visit at Indianapolis Dentistry.
New crowns are needed when a normal filling will not work. A crown may be made of white porcelain in-office or porcelain fused to gold by a lab. There are many situations when a new crown may be needed:
- A large amount of decay in the original crown
- Replacement of large, old fillings
- A cracked tooth
- A broken or fractured tooth
- Sensitive teeth
- Root canal therapy
- For cosmetic reasons
If a tooth fracture involves the nerve, a root canal may be required before the tooth is crowned, which can be done in the same visit. In some cases, a broken tooth cannot be saved and must be extracted.
—Dr. Ted Reese