Have you heard this dental joke? The dentist tells a patient, “You need a crown.” The patient replies, “I know. Should I get one with sparkling diamonds and sapphires?”
Sure, who wouldn’t love to have a crown like St. Edward’s Crown, one of the oldest Crown Jewels in the United Kingdom. We can’t think of any Hendricks County residents that wouldn’t look good in a golden crown encrusted with precious and semi-precious gemstones that has a purple velvet cap trimmed in ermine.
But, when you visit Danville Family Dentistry for a dental crown, we hope you don’t get the two confused.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over a tooth. It’s used to improve the appearance and strength of the tooth.
A temporary crown can be used as a short-term solution while a permanent crown or another restoration treatment is being created before it’s installed.
A permanent crown is cemented into place. It can fully or partially cover a natural tooth, depending on the level of repair that’s needed.
Dental crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic, gold and metal alloys, acrylics and composite resins, or a combination of these materials. The material used for a crown depends upon where the dental crown is placed and the functionality required.

Why Would You Need a Dental Crown?

Some reasons why Hendricks County citizens may need a dental crown include:

  • You have a cavity that’s too large for a dental filling and very little of the tooth’s structure remains. A crown will cover and protect the tooth, preventing further damage.
  • You have a badly cracked or broken tooth. A crown will cover the tooth and keep it from getting worse.
  • You have a tooth that’s been severely worn down. A crown will give your tooth a better-looking appearance and provide a better bite.
  • You have permanently stained or discolored your teeth. A crown can give you back your smile.
  • You’ve had a root canal. A crown reinforces the tooth, especially a molar, so it’s safe to chew.
  • You’re getting a dental implant. A crown fits over the dental implant post to replace a missing tooth.
  • You need a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or teeth. Dental crowns help anchor the bridge in place.

What to Do if You Need a Dental Crown

A dental crown is common dental procedure, and it’s not as invasive as it may sound. If you think you need a crown based on any of above scenarios, contact Danville Family Dentistry. At our Hendricks County office, we offer a complete range of restorative and cosmetic services, such as veneers, implants, and crowns. During your appointment, Dr. Jon Erickson can determine if a dental crown is the right treatment option for you based on your dental needs.
Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect your dental crown to be covered in precious jewels or encased in ermine. But, you can expect to receive quality, royal treatment from our staff, because we want to build a long-lasting relationship with you.
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.