A crown is a covering that sits over the top of the tooth, creating a hard surface to protect, cover, seal, and strengthen it. Crowns are made of strong porcelain material that is able to withstand the forces that can occur from tooth on tooth contact to a much higher degree than regular fillings. Dr. Pio Modi uses crowns in many different scenarios, as they are effective in helping protect teeth for a lifetime.
Situations where a crown may be the solution include:
- Teeth with Large, Broken-Down Fillings: Larger fillings that have broken down or have formed decay around them may need a crown to save the tooth.
- Cracked Tooth: A cracked tooth may need a crown to hold it together. Be careful not to wait too long as an untreated cracked tooth can become sensitive or eventually break. Teeth that are very sensitive, either from a lot of “wear” or from receded gums, sometimes require crowns to seal and protect the teeth from hot and cold sensitivity.
- Root Canal Treated Tooth: A majority of the time, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy will need a crown to properly seal and protect it. These teeth are more brittle, as all the hydration from within the tooth has been taken away. In this case, the crown offers the protection the tooth needs.
A crown may be the solution to saving your tooth. One of our Brantford dentists here at Parkway Dentistry will evaluate your needs depending on your oral health and the condition of your teeth.