Services - Crowns

Services - Crowns

Crowns can be used for many reasons, usually used when we don’t have enough sound tooth structure to adequately protect teeth from everyday wear.  The lack of tooth structure can be from fractured teeth, large caries or large fillings. Many times, a filling or build up will be necessary along with the crown.  Each situation is patient dependent and custom to the dental patients’ exact needs.

Occasionally we will have a patient with severe tooth wear from clenching and grinding or wear from acid attack on tooth structure.  These are the main reasons a crown would be prescribed for a patient.

 

Crowns can also be used to protect cracked teeth from further breakage.  A cracked tooth can exhibit symptoms of CTS (Cracked tooth syndrome), meaning the crack is flexing and opening a bit with the force of a bite.  This can cause extreme pain when biting or chewing.  It seems most patients will notice this sensation when eating whole grain or whole wheat foods.  The food or grain will move to the location above the crack line and cause discomfort.  Occasionally a tooth with CTS would need a RCT, root canal treatment and then a crown.  Discussed further down on list