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I Need a Crown, Does That Make Me Royalty?

Though you won’t become a member of some centuries-old monarchy, this coronation will help protect some of your most faithful servants…that is your teeth! A dental crown is most often recommended to restore the shape, health, and strength of a tooth. And in many cases, a crown may be the only option available to reestablish function. So before proceeding with this adornment, let’s explore what is behind your “crowning achievement”.  A dental crown or “cap” is placed over the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. Most crowns today are made of porcelain and designed to match the shape and color of the existing permanent teeth.

There are several reasons why your dentist may diagnose the need for a crown. They are recommended to protect a weak tooth from further damage and cracking. Visible fracture lines in the enamel are an indication of a tooth that is at a greater risk of breaking, and a crown will help hold these pieces together. Teeth with large fillings and thin en…