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Posts for: May, 2013

May 07, 2013
Category: Patient Education
Tags: Crowns  


At Geary Dentistry we want to help our patients keep their teeth for the rest of their lives, in optimum health, comfort, appearance and function.  Because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well-being, we would like to briefly answer some commonly asked questions about dental health.

What is a crown and why do I need one?  Do I have any choices?

A crown is a man-made replacement for the part of the tooth that is above the gum line and is sometimes referred to as a cap.  A crown, which generally replaces much of the visible part of a tooth becomes necessary when the natural tooth is broken, or when a large filling has deteriorated to the point where the tooth is no longer strong enough to hold a new replacement filling.

After the old filling and any decay are removed and only visibly healthy tooth material remains, a crown is custom made to fit over the good parts of the tooth and helps to hold the tooth together.  Sometimes there is so little remaining healthy tooth material that the tooth first needs to be built up with a core material.  So, a crown replaces damaged parts of a tooth and adds to its life-span.

tooth with large cracked old filling

Cracked filling has been replaced with a strong, tooth colored crown 



Crowns can also be used to make cosmetic improvements in the appearance of teeth that are chipped, discolored, crowded or broken.


Advances in modern dental materials and techniques to offer the best ways to create more pleasant and natural looking smiles are something that we take very seriously at Geary Dentistry.  Every year our doctors spend many hours at continuing dental education courses advancing their knowledge and skills using the latest dental technology and techniques.  Options to improve appearance and increase longevity are always considered and discussed.  Crowns can be made from esthetic materials like ceramic,  zirconium and plastic compounds all the way to the gold standard, which is gold, proven to be long-lasting and kind to the opposing teeth which share the heaviest chewing load in the back of the mouth.


Remember, even if it doesn't hurt, when a tooth or an old filling is cracked or decayed to the point where there is insufficient remaining healthy tooth structure, a crown is always the best choice to prolong the life of the tooth.  In some cases, waiting can mean more involved treatment will be necessary.