The Purpose of Dental Crowns

crownIf you are facing a procedure like a filling or root canal, your dentist may recommend placing a crown on that tooth. Crowns are common restorative treatments dentists use as the finishing touch on dental work. There are a variety of reasons your dentist may suggest this treatment, depending on your own circumstances. They can fill cosmetic roles by making your teeth look better, and also restorative roles as they protect and preserve your teeth. Your dentist should discuss dental crowns with you if they think that is your best treatment option.   

When Are Crowns Used?

A crown is a cap placed over your teeth, and may be used:

  • After a restorative treatment, to protect the tooth from further decay, or to provide structural support if a large portion of the tooth has been lost to decay
  • To hold a cracked tooth together
  • To cap a dental implant
  • To hold a bridge in place—in this case, the crowns would be placed on the teeth surrounding the gap, to help hold the prosthesis in place

Crowns can prevent teeth from having to be extracted by keeping them functioning. Extraction is generally only recommended when a tooth cannot be saved.

How is a Crown Placed?

We can take a mold of the tooth in need of a cap to determine the appropriate size and shape. A temporary crown may be placed over your tooth at this time (to keep it safe) while the permanent crown is being crafted. When it is finished, you can return to the office so that we can attach it to your tooth. Once attached, you should avoid chewing on hard foods, like hard candy, and try to avoid grinding your teeth, as doing these things can cause wear on your crown.


With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.