Calling all Crowns! Not the Royals

Andrew Forrest,

D.M.D., M.S.


1500 N Federal Hwy.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(954) 715-1000

Porcelain crowns have been used to restore, protect, and cosmetically enhance teeth since before the Queen was a tot. Unlike its namesake, crown technology, improved tremendously since the abandonment of methods using precious metals like gold or silver in favor of more life-like porcelain material. Today, most crowns are made from solid Zirconia, that not only look beautiful, but to endure the pressures of daily chewing or biting. While crowns are often utilized as restorations for missing teeth, they’re also commonly used to as a cap, or, “jacket” over a jeopardized, but still-viable tooth. Here are three situations where a crown could improve a tooth’s form and function.

Traumatized teeth. A significant blow to the face or mouth could generate enough force to chip away or fracture a significant amount of structure from a tooth. If the root remains healthy and firmly attached within the jaw, a crown can replace the missing structure and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.

Root canal treatments. Root canal treatments remove infected or dead tissue within a tooth’s pulp chamber, its inner core, and the root canals. The procedure rescues the tooth but, may in the process, significantly alter the tooth’s structure and appearance. A crown not only restores the tooth but also provides added protection against further decay or tooth fracture.

Teeth with multiple fillings. We can effectively treat cavities caused by tooth decay by filling them. But with each filling, we must remove more of the decayed structure and shape the cavity to accommodate the filling. After a number of times, a tooth may not have enough structure left to support another fill. If the tooth is still viable, a crown could solve this dilemma.

Dr. Forrest is the Clinical Director of 1500 DENTAL. For more than 15 years, Dr. Forrest has been one of Florida’s leading dentists treating some of the most challenging cases. Using a multi-specialist approach, 1500 DENTAL is comprised of five advanced trained dentists who focus on general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and implant dentistry.

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