There are some circumstances where there is not enough natural tooth structure to place a filling in order to correct a dental problem such as decay or fracture.
In these cases, if a filling were placed, the tooth would be at high risk for fracturing during natural biting forces. Additionally, if a tooth in the back, and sometimes in the front, has had root canal therapy, a crown is indicated to protect the tooth from fracturing, as the root canal procedure “hollows” the tooth making it very fragile.
These are some of the main reasons why a dental crown may be indicated.
Dental Crowns in Austin
A crown offers “full-coverage” protection which evenly distributes the biting forces across the entire surface of the tooth, making it much stronger for these types of situations. During the process, any decay, fracture, or other abnormality is removed, and the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. The crown is custom made to fit your tooth using one of our trusted dental lab partners.
A crown can also be used for cosmetic reasons, where a veneer would not be indicated, and can create just as esthetically pleasing of a result! Just like veneers, they can be used to instantly correct gaps, crooked, and stained teeth.