A crown is intended to restore a broken-down or fragile tooth to its initial strength. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, partially destroyed by tooth decay, or for teeth that have undergone a root canal. Crowns are permanently placed onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth's new outer surface.
Several factors are taken into consideration to determine if a crown is the best option to restore full function and aesthetics to your smile. If you have a large filling in a tooth that is starting to break down, or it's contributing to cracks in the tooth, we recommend a crown. Crowns are also necessary after a root canal is performed. Some people have a lot of wear from clenching and grinding their teeth, which causes fractures. In those cases, the teeth would also benefit from the full coverage of a crown to protect the teeth from breaking.
Crown Treatment at Pauly Dental
Dr. Terra Pauly and our team take great pride in creating crowns that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Our dental laboratory technician will examine all aspects of your teeth and mouth from your diagnostic images and impressions. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
During your crown consultation at our Wichita dental office, Dr. Pauly will explain your diagnosis using digital X-rays and intraoral photos, and answer any questions you may have. The procedure will be discussed in depth regarding why a crown is needed, what the procedure consists of, and post-treatment care. We’ll also go over the risks of not doing the treatment, and the finances involved.