Using dental crowns to restore broken or compromised teeth

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are also known as tooth “caps”. Crowns are placed over an existing tooth to protect it from further damage or decay. Crowns are also used to improve your smile’s aesthetics or replace a missing tooth when used alongside dental bridges or over dental implants.

Who is a good candidate for dental crowns?

The best candidates for dental crowns are patients who have a tooth that is:

  • Damaged
  • Decayed
  • Discolored
  • Misshapen
  • Lost

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, Dr. Matthew Wallengren may recommend a dental crown to restore your smile. Sometimes, patients might need a dental crown to complete another dental procedure, such as a root canal.

What is the process of obtaining a dental crown?

The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wallengren at our office. During this visit, we will assess the tooth in question and determine if you are a good candidate for a dental crown. If so, we will take precision impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your customized restoration. A temporary dental crown is placed to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be completed. When your new crown is ready from the ceramist, you return to our office to have it placed.

What about gold crowns?

While we can place gold dental crowns, Dr. Wallengren often recommends porcelain or white crowns instead. These blend in with the smile, ensuring a natural look. The materials used to create these tooth-colored restorations are just as strong and durable as other materials while seamlessly restoring the smile.

Do you need a tooth cap for a broken or compromised tooth?

Many patients will benefit from dental crowns. Patients in the Baltimore area who are considering dental crowns or other restorations for the smile can connect with Dr. Matthew Wallengren and his team at 1421 Clarkview Road, Suite 120, by calling (410) 431-1868. We accept new patients at our office and proudly serve patients in the Baltimore, Towson, Lutherville and Roland Park communities.