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Your natural teeth can withstand amazing pressure. Day in and day out, they take a beating as you chew your food. If you are a person who clenches or grinds their teeth under stress, the forces exerted on your teeth are incredible. When a tooth has been damaged, its strength is compromised. Teeth that have large fillings are broken and those that have undergone root canal therapy are all weaker than they normally would be.
In such instances, a dental crown may be recommended for protection and added strength. The crown fits over the top of the tooth and covers the entire tooth surface above the gum line. Dental crowns may also be recommended for cosmetic reasons. For example, a tooth that is badly misshapen can be made to look more natural with a crown. Broken and cracked teeth can also be restored with dental crowns.
Various materials are used to make dental crowns. Stainless steel crowns are sometimes used on children whose teeth need protection due to large cavities. Dental crowns for adults include porcelain fused to metal, gold alloy, ceramic and resin materials. Dr. Vuong will consult with you to decide which type of crown would best suit your particular need.
Teeth that have been cracked or damaged often need the extra protection that can be provided by a dental crown. Not only does the crown strengthen the tooth and protect it from further injury, the natural look of the tooth is restored so that your smile is not affected.
Large fillings present unique difficulties as do some broken teeth. In certain situations a dental onlay or inlay may be a better solution than regular filling material. Like dental crowns they provide more protection and strength to a tooth that has been compromised.