When it comes to the names of dental procedures (root canals, bridges, bonding), I think we can all agree that the crown got the cream of the crop. What other procedure’s name lets a damaged tooth feel like royalty? The crown serves an important role in dentistry as well, as it can restore the health, function, and appearance of a tooth. However, you may be wondering when to get a dental crown . . .
When to Get a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are used for a variety of different reasons. If you’re wondering if a crown could benefit one of your teeth, simply talk to your dentist. After an evaluation of the tooth that is concerning you, your dentist will be able to recommend either a crown or an alternative dental solution.
If you’re curious, here are some of the reasons your dentist might recommend a crown:
- Damaged Tooth. If your tooth is cracked or fractured, your dentist might recommend a crown to improve your tooth’s health and appearance.
- Decayed Tooth. Decay is dangerous for a number of reasons. It can create cavities, infect the tooth, cause pain, and even destroy a tooth entirely (resulting in tooth loss). A filling can solve minimal tooth decay, but a crown is necessary for severe situations. Or, you may have too many fillings on one tooth to add another, in which case a crown might be a better solution.
- Root Canal Therapy. If your tooth’s pulp becomes infected, it may need to be removed through root canal therapy. After the root canal is emptied, disinfected, and filled, a crown will be fitted on top to protect the tooth and improve its appearance.
- Aesthetic Flaws. Sometimes crowns are used purely for their aesthetics, as they look very natural and are color-matched to a patient’s other teeth. For example, a very discolored or misshapen tooth might be improved with a crown.
- Dental Bridge. If you need a bridge to fill the gap caused by a lost tooth, your dentist may place crowns on the two teeth on either side of the gap, so that they can hold the pontic (i.e., the false tooth) in between.
- Dental Implant. Another solution to a missing tooth is a dental implant, which is created using a small titanium post. This post must be covered by a crown to create the illusion of a new tooth.
So do you need a crown? If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist right away so that you can schedule an appointment and discuss your concerns:
- Swelling in the gums near a tooth
- Bad breath (sometimes described as having a bad taste in your mouth)
- Gray, brown, black, or even white spots on a tooth
If you’re wondering if your teeth could benefit from a new crown, trust your dentist’s judgment. Although a crown isn’t necessary in every situation, it could be just what you need to gain a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.
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