A dental crown is used to "cap" a damaged tooth or to cover a dental implant. Crowns are fixed dental restorations that are placed by being either cemented onto existing teeth or attached to an implant. Dr. Bronitsky may recommend a dental crown for patients who need to:
- Replace a large filling when not enough natural tooth structure still remains to hold the filling
- Protect a tooth weakened by the effects of tooth decay
- Attach a dental bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a fractured tooth back to health
- Protect and cover a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
Gaps left in a smile by missing teeth can cause teeth next door to the gap to move or shift out of position. When teeth begin to shift, patients can develop a misaligned bite that can lead to TMJ and biting problems.