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Easily one of the most common dental procedures in America, you likely know someone who’s had a dental crown, or needs one. But the vast majority of people don’t understand how crowns work, or why exactly they’re needed.

With that in mind, let’s look at how crowns work and why Dr. Jason Nicoletti may recommend them to you.

How do they work?

Crowns serve as a “cap” that fits over a tooth that’s decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Usually, the damaged tooth is ground down to what’s called an abutment. This is just a smooth surface of a tooth that the crown can adhere to. Once the crown has been created to match the exact size, shape, and color of your other teeth, it’s cemented into place on top of the abutment and it looks just like a real tooth.

Why do I need one?

You’ll need a crown if you have any tooth decay that’s not serious enough to warrant an implant, or if your jaw or gums aren’t healthy enough to support an implant. Crowns restore the function, look, and feel of your tooth so you can smile confidently again.

If you think you need crowns, or want a second opinion, give us a call today at 845.452.8410 to schedule an appointment.