Reasons You May Need a Crown
Has your dentist mentioned that your tooth may need a crown? A crown is a solution to cover, protect, and strengthen a tooth that may have suffered damage or injury. Unlike a filling, which fills in a hole or cavity to prevent further problems, a crown caps the tooth to protect the whole tooth. It’s a more comprehensive technique that can be necessary and useful in certain situations.
Why A Crown?
Crowns can be made from a variety of substances, including metals and porcelain. Your dentist can walk you through the pros and cons of each option. She can advise on the best one for your situation.
Whatever your crown is made of, its main purpose is the same – to strengthen your tooth. Whether your tooth is damaged from decay or an injury, the complete covering that a crown provides holds the tooth together and keeps the tooth functioning well in your mouth. Even if your whole tooth isn’t covered, by partially covering, the crown will still seal the area and hold the tooth in place.
Situations That May Require a Crown
Because a crown so thoroughly covers a tooth, it can be a good option for a tooth that has significant damage or has a cavity or caries too deep or wide to be fixed with a filling. In some cases like this, a filling could actually damage the tooth more.
Other cases may involve a tooth that is worn down or damaged in some way and needs to be built up or held together. A crown can be put in to bind the tooth and make it stronger so that it can function normally and healthily like the rest of your teeth.
It may also be used in conjunction with a dental implant or bridge to help hold things in place and make an area of the teeth more secure.
Certain oral cosmetic issues may also call for a crown. Problems such as extensive discoloration may be best treated by covering the tooth with a tooth-colored crown to mimic the look and shape of the rest of the teeth.
How Do You Know You Need a Crown?
The best way to know whether you need a crown is to talk with your dentist. She can speak with you about the benefits of a crown and the best substance to use for your crown. Your dentist can also share with you any possible alternatives. A crown can be an important step in the overall health and long term care for your teeth, gums, and mouth. Working with your dentist to determine the best solution, including oral care tips, can ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Do you think you might need a crown, or a crown replaced? Do you have persistent pain or an issue with one of your teeth? Call or contact us today to make an appointment.