One of our treatment coordinators has this posted in her office. I think it’s fantastic.
Dentists will talk about dental crowns when teeth are so broken or decayed that we are worried that a fracture will occur, or when we wouldn’t expect a regular filling to last very long. The picture below shows teeth with really big fillings, gaps forming around the fillings and cracks in the remaining tooth structure. We never get to see our teeth like this, blown up on a computer screen. Scary.
Once all the old filling, decay and weak parts of the tooth are removed, there isn’t much healthy tooth left behind. A crown is a covering for the tooth that holds all the pieces together. Here are a couple of videos to help illustrate the process.