Posted on: 18 January 2023Share
A dental crown acts like a cover over a damaged tooth. The purpose of a crown is to restore your tooth's natural appearance. In the past, when a person suffered from a broken or cracked tooth, it had to be extracted. Dental crowns allow you to retain your damaged teeth. Here are a few situations when you should get dental crowns.
You Have a Cavity
If your tooth has a large cavity, a filling may not suffice. In this case, the dentist will use a crown to cover the area. Placing a filling means the remainder of your tooth will be weak and vulnerable to damage. Eventually, large fillings will have to be switched with crowns when the affected teeth show signs of stress.
You Want to Cover Your Implant
A dental implant is a permanent remedy for a damaged or missing tooth. The implant procedure involves placing a crown. First, the dentist inserts a metal post in the patient's mouth and leaves it to bind to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
To complete the procedure, the dentist places a crown on the post. The crown will be replaced over the years. However, the metal post is permanent and isn't removed after the implant procedure.
You Have Gone Through a Root Canal
After a patient undergoes root canal therapy, it is crucial that the dentist finishes the job with a crown. A tooth that has been restored through a root canal procedure and does not have a crown placed is more likely to fracture than one with a crown.
Remember, when a tooth is damaged after a root canal procedure, it's irreparable and; therefore, has to be extracted. After a root canal procedure, ask your dentist to protect your tooth by placing a crown on it. Studies show that most successful root canal procedures involve the use of crowns.
You Have Multiple Fillings
Patients with multiple amalgam fillings are better off with a crown than another filling. The higher the number of fillings you have, the higher the amount of mercury in your blood. This can be hazardous to your health. Additionally, placing multiple fillings increases your risk of dental filling failure. The best alternative is to use a dental crown to address tooth imperfections.
You Have a Damaged Crown
Crowns aren't indestructible. Over time, a crown may fracture or suffer from decay. The longevity of your crown varies depending on diet, oral hygiene, and your bite. Crowns can last over ten years. When the old crown is damaged or loose, it must be replaced.
To learn more, contact a cosmetic dentistry professional in your area.