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Dental crowns are one of the most popular cosmetic restoration options used in modern dentistry, but very few people understand what a crown does, how it works, or why you need on in the first place.

So let’s take a look at all of those questions and help you better understand dental crowns.

How do they work?

Crowns serve as a “cap” that fits over a tooth that’s decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Usually, the damaged tooth is ground down to what’s called an abutment. This is just a smooth surface of a tooth that the crown can adhere to. Once the crown has been created to match the exact size, shape, and color of your other teeth, it’s cemented into place on top of the abutment and it looks just like a real tooth.

Why do I need one?

You’ll need a crown if you have any tooth decay that’s not serious enough to warrant an implant, or if your jaw or gums aren’t healthy enough to support an implant. Crowns restore the function, look, and feel of your tooth so you can smile confidently again.

Not everyone needs a crown, and you’ll need to make sure you have an in-depth talk with Dr. Robin Cropper about what’s best for you and your oral health needs. If you need to make an appointment, or want additional information, call us today at 502-517-0073.