When Is a Dental Crown Necessary?

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A dental crown is necessary when a tooth has been severely damaged and requires restoration. It is also used to add strength to a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. Crowns can restore a tooth that is cracked or broken off, allowing you to continue to use the tooth rather than having to have it pulled.

Common Uses for a Dental Crown

When a tooth suffers from decay or damage, in most cases your dentist can restore it so that it is usable again. Sometimes, a simple filling, in which the dentist removes the decayed material and replaces it with dental amalgam or a tooth-colored resin, will be enough. In other cases, the tooth is damaged in such a way that a filling is not sufficient or is impossible because of the nature of the damage. In these instances, a crown can often be used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are custom-made to fit over your tooth and to match your existing bite. Porcelain crowns are also color matched so they fit in with the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will remove any decay and reshape your tooth so the crown will fit over it. He places a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent crown, manufactured from molds made directly from your teeth, returns from the lab. Once this permanent crown is affixed to your tooth, you will be able to use the tooth just as you did before the restoration. Crowns are quite durable, and can last for many years under normal conditions.

Choosing a Crown

Your dentist will recommend a crown if this is the best approach to treating your specific problem. Crowns are most often used if the tooth:

  • Is broken off
  • Is cracked
  • Has already been treated with a filling but has suffered additional decay
  • Has been filled but has suffered additional breakage
  • Has been treated with a root canal

With a dental crown, your tooth will remain stable, durable, and usable for many years, giving you security and ensuring the long-term health of your smile. If you have more questions about a dental crown, contact our team today!