Jessica L. Vogel DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are full coverage restorations of teeth, and different from a filling. 

Four most common reasons we recommend a crown:

  1. Broken tooth:  If you break a tooth, sometimes you are fortunate enough we might recommend only a crown.  Other times when teeth break it may be deep enough you may need a root canal before a restoration or the tooth cannot be restored and needs extracted.  Crowns are much stronger than a conventional filling and are often recommended on teeth that are at risk for fracture as well (example: large fillings or a patient who grinds)
  2. Large filling:  If your tooth has a large filling, we may recommend you consider a crown to preserve your tooth over time.   More and more tooth structure needs to be removed every time you get a cavity in order to properly restore your tooth with a traditional filling.  If there is very little natural tooth structure left, the filling will not bond to the tooth and will fail.  Crowns are much stronger than a very large filling. 
  3. After a root canal procedure:  If you have had a root canal, we like to place a permanent restoration after that procedure.   Options can vary, but a crown is a common restoration we will suggest to provide strength to the tooth. 
  4. Aesthetic purposes:  In the event your teeth are misshapen, discolored, or aesthetically unpleasing, we may recommended crowns or veneers to help achieve a pleasing, aesthetic smile.   These types of procedures are usually cosmetic and not covered by dental benefit plans. 
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