Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown & When Might You Need One?

There are a wide variety of procedures that dentists perform to protect and restore teeth. One of the more common procedures is the dental crown. But if you’ve never had one done, you may have a lot of questions about dental crowns, how they work, and when they’re useful. This article is all about dental crowns. We’ll explain what they are and when you might need one.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is restoration procedure in which a problematic tooth is either capped or completely encircled with a very strong porcelain to match the other teeth. Dental crowns are typically necessary when a large cavity puts at risk the future health of a tooth. However, this is not the only use for crowns. There are several scenarios in which a dental crown may be necessary, including:

  • Fixing a chipped tooth
  • Covering broken or worn fillings
  • Covering a root canal
  • Attaching a bridge
  • Covering an implant
  • Protecting a weak tooth

In addition to protecting teeth, crowns can significantly improve the shape, appearance, and alignment of your teeth.


At Smiles for Life, we use the CEREC 3D system for crowns and bridges. This system uses 3D modeling and precision scanning to fit your crowns precisely to your teeth. Perhaps best of all, it allows us to speed up the process significantly!

Bloomington Dental Clinic

If you’re in need of a dental crown, look no further than Smiles for Life Dental. Dr. Tim Brooks has been treating patients in Minnesota for many years, and is well-respected among his patients and his peers. We work with each and every one of our patients to make sure they receive compassionate care. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Brooks at one of our Minnesota dental clinics (located in Bloomington).