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How Do Dental Crowns Repair and Protect Teeth?

A graphic of how dental crowns protect teeth at Dental Arts Dr. Deb Cassill

Have you been told you need a dental crown?

Not sure if it’s worth the money?

After reading this quick article, you’ll see why dental crowns are highly recommended for protecting and repairing teeth.

First, let’s start with some basics.

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that covers the entire visible surface of your tooth. The goal of a dental crown is to:

  1. Restore your tooth’s function and strength
  2. Enhance your tooth’s appearance
  3. Prevent future damage and decay
  4. Maintain or improve your oral health

Types of crowns

In today’s market, there are several types of dental crowns, including:

  • Ceramic
  • All-porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • All-resin
  • Zirconia
  • Gold
  • Metal

Which tooth crown is best?

The most popular choices are ceramic and porcelain crowns.

These two types of crowns are widely chosen because they’re durable, biocompatible, and long-lasting. Plus, they look the most natural.

What are same-day crowns?

Same-day crowns use CEREC technology to produce a brand-new crown in just one appointment. That means no temporary crown, no lab fee, and no putty impression.


They’re usually made from ceramic or porcelain and cost the same as traditional crowns. A win-win!

Click here to learn about same-day crowns in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Reasons why you might need a crown

The most common reasons for needing a crown are:

  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Fractured or large filling
  • Root canal
  • Holding a dental bridge
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Improving tooth’s appearance

Is there an alternative to dental crowns?

Yes, but not everyone is a candidate. These include:

  • Fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Veneers

If you’ve been told you need a crown (or any of the above) and are unsure about the diagnosis, seek a second opinion.

How dental crowns protect your teeth

Here are 4 ways a crown protects a tooth:

  1. Surrounds your entire tooth: A dental crown encompasses your entire tooth, which ensures the maximum amount of protection possible. Whereas a filling, inlay, or onlay only protects part of your tooth.
  2. Strengthens your tooth: A crown will improve your tooth’s structural integrity and essentially holds your tooth together, which prevents further damage like wear, chips, crack, breaks, etc.
  3. Restores your tooth’s function: A crown will give you full use of that tooth again, so you’ll chew pain-free and not have to worry about damaging your teeth through biting. Plus, you’ll speak clearly and confidently.
  4. Provides a barrier: A crown keeps the underneath tooth structure safe from bacteria, food particles, acids, harmful saliva, etc.

How crowns repair your teeth

Like a filling, when you get a crown, any unhealthy, decayed, or damaged portions of your tooth are removed.

Then, your dentist shapes the remaining healthy tooth structure so that the crown securely attaches to it.

Once your crown is placed, your previous problem(s), like a cavity, is gone, and your tooth is restored to its optimal size, shape, durability, and health.

A crown also repairs cosmetic issues like a discolored, stained, misaligned, or misshapen tooth.

Benefits of having a dental crown

When you restore your tooth with a crown, you’ll have:

  • An enhanced smile: Crowns enhance the shape and color of the tooth, and if you get a ceramic or porcelain crown, it’ll look completely natural. Since you only have two sets of teeth (baby teeth and adult teeth), the best thing to do if your tooth needs major repair is to get a crown.
  • Boosted confidence: There’s no denying that when we feel good about our smile, we feel good about ourselves. Crowns help you achieve and keep your perfect smile.
  • Protection: Crowns are the best method for protecting your damaged, chipped, or broken tooth.
  • Save money: By preventing further damage, you avoid costly dental problems down the road.

Are dental crowns worth it?

<strongYes! Crowns strengthen your tooth structure in ways that fillings and other restorations lack.

If you’d like to avoid getting a dental crown, the best thing to do is to follow good dental hygiene practices and see your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

If you believe a dental crown is best for you, speak to the friendly team at Dental Arts Dr. Deb Cassill. We concentrate on dental crowns, smile makeovers, and more.

Our office is proud to serve patients from all over the Cedar Rapids… opens in a new window to Google Maps… area, including Marion, Hiawatha, Robins, Springville, Anamosa, Central City, and Center Point.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been completely revamped for comprehensiveness and timeliness.

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