What are Crowns?

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Dental crowns are a popular option for people who need restoration work completed on their teeth. Whether you’ve had cavities affect your tooth health, or you grind your teeth at night and the biting surfaces of your teeth aren’t what they once were, crowns can help restore your teeth to their full potential.

Dr. Kristin Wade at Payson Premier Dental in Payson, Arizona has years of experience working with crowns, and that vast knowledge helps ensure your experience with crowns will go as smoothly as possible.

But what are crowns? What do they do? And why would you ever need them? Let’s take a look at the answers to those questions.

What are crowns?
Crowns are exactly what they sound like – little caps that go over the top of your teeth. The only difference between a “real” crown and the ones used on your teeth is that a dental crown doesn’t have all the ornate jewelry on top.

Instead, a crown is used to replace the biting surface of your tooth. A crown effectively restores the full function of your teeth, which is why they’re such a popular procedure.

Why would I need one?
The most likely reason that you’d need a crown is if you have a tooth – or teeth – with severe problems on its surface. Multiple cavities can take away the integrity of a tooth, and a crown is almost always used in that instance. Additionally, if you grind your teeth during sleep, you’ll wear away the surface of your tooth. A crown fixes that problem as well.

And if you ever have to have a root canal, you’ll have to have a crown in place afterward. Crowns are used to fix the holes left behind in a tooth after a root canal is finished.

Crowns are a great resource for tooth restoration, but it’s always better to do what you can to keep your real teeth inside your head. For more information, call us today at 928-472-8400.