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Although a tooth may be severely damaged, your dentist may be able to save it with a dental crown. A dental crown can be used to protect or cover a tooth that has had a root canal or has been cracked.  If your tooth has a large filling, but not enough tooth material to support it, a crown can help hold your tooth together. A crown can cover a tooth that is severely discolored, or misshapen. Crowns can also act as anchors for dental bridges that will replace missing teeth in your smile. They can be porcelain, or made of such material as zirconia, metal, or different combinations of those materials.

If very little of your tooth is left, your dentist may need to build a foundation around it to support the crown. Or your dentist may need to remove some or all of the enamel of your tooth to reveal the dentin, which will be covered by the crown. The dentist will take an impression of your tooth and the surrounding area which will be sent to a dental lab that will make your permanent crown. You will receive a temporary crown while the permanent crown is prepared. When it is ready, the dentist will attach with dental cement.

Your crown will cover most of your tooth, but will still be vulnerable to decay at the gumline, and gum disease could destabilize your crown. For that reason, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. You will need to see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. You crown shouldn’t cause you any discomfort, but if it does, it may be set too high and you should see your dentist to have it adjusted.

If you have a tooth that needs some attention our dentist, Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith would love to meet you. If you live in the Boise, Idaho. area, you can make an appointment at Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD by calling 208-343-4986.