What’s A Crown And Why Do I Need One?

Uncertain about this restorative treatment we keep referring to (and insisting you need)? Don’t worry. We understand that upon your initial introduction to a new treatment, you might not feel completely sure about what’s happening. When it comes to the need for a dental crown, you likely have something at least moderately serious happening with your tooth. As a result, you might already feel a bit on edge about your smile. Give us a moment to calm your nerves and offer the info you need to feel good about moving ahead.

What’s A Dental Crown?

Essentially, a crown looks almost like your own natural tooth (the portion that you can see resting above your gumline, that is). However, it is constructed with a hollow body. We offer crowns that are made from porcelain, which is a natural-looking material that will allow us to mimic your teeth. The purpose of a crown is to re-establish a structurally sound tooth when significant damage has occurred. We cement it to tooth tissue, so it remains in place long-term.

Why Do I Need One?

You need a dental crown because you need a tooth repair. If you have suffered from decay, we place a crown when the problem is too severe for a filling. If you have suffered from infection, we may place a crown to finish your root canal treatment. If you are dealing with a serious break or other type of damage, a crown may be the best option for making your tooth whole again. In some cases, a crown is even an option for serious cosmetic damage when something like veneers will not camouflage the issue.


Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.