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When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration designed to cover a weak or damaged tooth and restore its function and appearance. The crown protects the tooth from further damage and prevents the need for extraction. Different types of dental crowns are available, each custom-made to fit over the tooth and blend in with the rest of the teeth. This article covers instances when the dentist might recommend getting a dental crown.
When are dental crowns needed?
Different conditions might require placing a dental crown over the tooth, including:
Large decay or dental fillings
When a cavity or decay has damaged a significant portion of the tooth, a dental crown is required to protect the tooth. The existing tooth structure will not be strong enough to handle dental functions like chewing or biting and may even break completely. Also, if a tooth already has a large filling, a dental crown will be needed to support it if there are signs of cracking or stress on the filling.
Root canal treatment
A root canal treatment is performed to remove infected pulp material in the tooth. However, the treatment leaves the pulp chamber empty, making the tooth weaker and prone to breakage. Therefore, the dentist will recommend covering the treated tooth with a dental crown to prevent damage.
When the tooth has fracture lines or cracks, it may cause significant pain or discomfort when chewing. The pressure from chewing affects the fracture lines and patients may feel as if their teeth will break apart. Crown placement keeps the tooth structure together, absorbing chewing forces and spreading it evenly. The result is less pain. Sometimes, the dentist may place a temporary crown to alleviate the discomfort and ensure a root canal procedure is not necessary before placing the permanent crown.
Broken teeth cusps
Physical injury to the teeth can damage the tooth cusps. The cusps handle the chewing functions of the teeth, which means prompt repair is necessary to prevent additional damage. In some cases, the breakage may extend to the gum line, and the dentist may need to perform crown lengthening. The bone and gums around the broken part of the tooth will be trimmed so that the tooth structure can take the dental crown.
Habits like teeth grinding can cause enamel deterioration. The acid from gastrointestinal acid reflux, acidic diets, or bulimia can also contribute to enamel erosion. The deterioration of the enamel predisposes other layers of the tooth to damage and infection. The dentist will recommend getting a dental crown to restore the tooth’s shape and form. It will also stop teeth sensitivity caused by enamel erosion.
If the teeth are crooked, have stains or gaps, the teeth will look less attractive. The dentist may recommend placing dental crowns to make the smile look aesthetically appealing. For a missing tooth, the dental crown is connected to the dental implant or makes up part of the dental bridge to serve as a tooth replacement option.
The bottom line
If you think getting a dental crown would be the best option for you, contact our dental office to schedule an examination and review your options.
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