When Do I Need a Dental Crown?


When do I need a dental crown? Common situations that require them involve a broken tooth or one that develops a cavity. To return your tooth to full function and health, you may need a dental crown. Made from a variety of materials and able to address multiple dental health issues, a natural looking restoration can improve your smile.

Lifelike Restoration

Designed to be a cap that fits over the visible portion of a tooth, a crown should blend with your smile and look completely lifelike. We offer a number of options for making a crown. Some options, such as the gold alloy metal crowns, are designed more for their strength. Others, such as the ones we make using porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal, will actually look very lifelike. The type of material we use will depend on the tooth being replaced. For example, we typically use metal for teeth near the rear of the mouth as they must withstand more serious bite forces. However, the more visible teeth near the front can benefit from porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Cosmetic and Restorative Capabilities

What do we use restorations for? As we said before, a restoration can serve a number of cosmetic and restorative purposes. Common procedures we employ a dental crown for include:

  • Repairing broken teeth
  • Correcting misshapen or worn down teeth
  • Anchoring dental bridges in place
  • Restoring a dental implant
  • Repairing a tooth following a root canal procedure
  • Addressing permanent discoloration and other cosmetic issues

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our restorations, then please contact our office today. We’re ready to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.


Dr. Peddicord offers a complete range of preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental procedures as well as high quality dental prosthetics. Dr. Peddicord can answer your inquiries, and provide the services you need to maintain the health, beauty, and function of your teeth. To schedule an appointment at Peddicord Family Dentistry, please contact us at 515-963-3339. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office proudly provides general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients from Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, and Cambridge.