Is a Dental Crown Right for Your Dental Problem?
Getting a dental crown is a common procedure. Here’s what you need to know about how they work and whether they’re the right option for you.
What are dental crowns and what do they do?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over existing teeth. They restore and strengthen damaged or decayed teeth, protecting them from further stress and allowing them to function like natural teeth.
In addition, dental crowns can enhance your smile by improving the shape and alignment of your teeth. Since they’re typically made of ceramic or porcelain, they’ll match adjacent teeth in colour and texture.
When do you need a dental crown?
You may require a dental crown for one of the following reasons:
• You have a weak tooth that requires protection from further damage or decay
• You have a cracked tooth that needs to be held together
• You have a broken or worn-down tooth that needs to be restored
• You have a discolored or misshapen tooth and you wish to improve its appearance
Crowns are also often used in conjunction with other dental solutions. For example, they may be needed in order to attach a bridge. Also, a tooth that’s been given a large filling or root canal treatment may need a crown to protect it from damage and prevent fracturing.
When are dental crowns not the right solution?
There are circumstances in which getting a crown can make a tooth weaker. That’s because in order to be fitted with a crown, a tooth needs to be filed down to acquire the proper shape. When installing a crown isn’t required, this puts unnecessary stress on the tooth. Here are some situations in which a crown isn’t the right solution:
• Your tooth has been given a small filling. A crown generally isn’t needed for small fillings, as the tooth is still strong.
• You want to make one or more teeth appear whiter, but they’re otherwise strong and properly shaped. In those cases, it’s more practical to opt for simpler teeth whitening solutions, for instance by using whitening gel.
Restorative dentistry in South East Calgary
If you think you may need a crown, come and speak with an experienced dentist at Sundance Dental. We’ll assess the situation and determine whether it’s the right option for you. If it isn’t, we’ll propose alternative solutions. Contact us today to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services or to make an appointment.