Why You Need a Dental Crown

If you’ve been told you need a dental crown, you may wonder why it is necessary. What are the benefits? Are there alternatives? If your dentist recommends a crown, you likely have a structural issue. However, dental crowns are quite versatile. Dentists can use them for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. They can restore the look and feel of your smile. 

Knowing more about dental crowns can help you make an informed decision about your dental care. 

Why You Need a Dental Crown

What Are They?

A dental crown is a custom-made restoration that completely covers a damaged tooth. They restore the shape, size, and strength of your tooth. Additionally, dental crowns can provide long-lasting protection and function. 

Your dentist will use a lab to create a resin, porcelain, or gold cap to cover your tooth. Through the process, your dentist will also permanently secure the crown over your tooth. 

Restoring Dental Function

There are several restorative uses for dental crowns. 

Reinforcing a Weak or Fractured Tooth

A dental crown can provide the necessary reinforcement for a significantly weakened or cracked tooth. By covering the damaged tooth, the crown distributes biting forces evenly, reducing the risk of further damage and potential tooth loss.

Protecting a Tooth after Root Canal Treatment

After undergoing root canal therapy, a tooth becomes more likely to fracture. This is due to removing its internal structure. Your dentist often places a dental crown after a root canal to protect it from damage. This will restore its strength and allow you to bite and chew easily.

Enhancing Aesthetics and Confidence

Additionally, you can use dental crowns for cosmetic purposes. 

Improving Tooth Appearance

Dental crowns can provide a solution if you have severely stained, misshapen, or unevenly spaced teeth. A crown matches your natural teeth color, shape, and size. As a result, you can enjoy a more even and pleasing smile.

Restoring Lost Tooth Structure

Teeth undergoing extensive decay or enamel erosion may have lost much of their structure. Dental crowns can effectively rebuild and restore the natural shape of the tooth.

The Dental Crown Placement Process

The process of getting a dental crown is simple. 

Comprehensive Examination and Treatment Planning

Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the condition of your tooth and determine if a dental crown is necessary. They will also discuss the treatment plan with you, addressing any concerns or questions.

Tooth Preparation and Temporary Crown Placement

First, your dentist will carefully remove a small amount of tooth enamel to accommodate the dental crown. Then, they will take Impressions to create a precise mold of your tooth, which is sent to a dental laboratory for your custom crown. In the meantime, your team will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.

Final Crown Placement and Adjustment

Once the final crown is ready, your dentist will remove the other crown to place the permanent one. They will make necessary adjustments to ensure proper fit, bite alignment, and looks. With the right care, dental crowns can last for many years.


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