Dental Crowns

What are Dental Crowns

If you have a tooth that’s broken or damaged due to decay or disease you may need a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the affected tooth and cemented into place.  It strengthens the remaining tooth and restores its appearance.

You may require a dental crown if your tooth is broken or weak. A dental crown is made from porcelain, resin, or stainless steel and will effectively protect the affected tooth. You may also need a crown if you want to support a filling, create a dental bridge, or cover an implant for cosmetic reasons.  

To receive a crown for a tooth you will need to visit your dentist in Lehi, Utah at least twice. The first time they will take an impression of the tooth and check the tooth for root health and signs of decay. The putty impression can then be used to make an exact-fit crown for your tooth.



When Would you Need One

There are several reasons why you may need a dental crown. You may have had some surgery done that leaves your tooth weak, have a decayed tooth that needs something stronger than a filling, or have a broken tooth that needs a cap. 

In the case of surgery, root canal treatment requires your dentist to drill a hole through the bottom of the affected tooth. These days the process of fixing a root canal is straightforward but the hole in the tooth leaves it weakened. A crown can protect it from sustaining damage.

In the case of a cavity in an advanced state a crown may be a better option than a filling, especially if there is little tooth left for the filling to adhere to. If your tooth is broken or damaged, a crown offers you an excellent cosmetic and practical solution.


The Process for Getting Crowns

Getting a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist in Lehi, Utah. In the first visit the dentist will examine the condition of your tooth and take some impressions. During this visit your dentist may also take some x-rays to check the root of your tooth and the surrounding bone. 

On your second visit your dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the permanent crown against your teeth. They will be checking for its fit and color. If everything is acceptable, the crown will be cemented into place. 

Before the permanent crown is fitted a temporary one is put in place. You must take steps to avoid the temporary crown becoming dislodged by chewing hard and sticky foods on the other side of your mouth and sliding floss out instead of lifting it.


Dry Creek Pediatric Dentistry

Dry Creek Pediatric Dentistry in Lehi, Utah, provides dental surgery for children. They are interested in making children’s dental experience as accessible and positive as they can to avoid the need for dental emergencies in the future. To contact them, visit and book a consultation.