When a tooth has been weakened through damage, decay or infection, a dental crown may be required. Dental crowns provide strength and stability to the tooth that has been compromised in some way. In its natural healthy state, a tooth is very strong and can withstand tons of pressure during daily wear. If that tooth is subjected to trauma, undergoes root canal therapy or has a very large filling, it is not as strong as it was previously. Over time it could break. A dental crown will keep this from happening by covering the tooth completely, down to the gum line.
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials. Temporary crowns may be made from stainless steel, particularly when used on a child's primary tooth. Permanent adult crowns can be made from metal alloys, often gold, porcelain fused to metal or ceramic resins. For natural-looking crowns more people choose porcelain fused to metal or ceramic. At Ambler Dental Care of Horsham, PA, we will fit you with the crown that best suits your needs.