A dental crown is both an attractive and a functional restoration, and is commonly used in restorative dentistry as well as in cosmetic dentistry because it has many possible functions. Here are a few reasons why a dental crown might be the right choice for your situation.
Cracked or Decayed Tooth
When your tooth has cracked as a result of trauma or a bad bite, it may not be able to support itself. The crack may have taken away too much of its strength. The crack might even be so deep that it’s exposed your tooth nerve (which is normally very painful!) A dental crown can give your tooth structural support, wrapping it up in a new surface.
Your tooth might also have lost strength because it has a number of large fillings. These fillings may have been necessary to address cavities, but they can also weaken your tooth. When a tooth has a certain number of fillings, it may be best to remove them and give your teeth the full support of a crown.
When a crack or decay exposes your tooth nerve, it may not be enough to just cover it. If we know or suspect that bacteria have penetrated to your tooth nerve, it’s best to remove the nerve to prevent the bacterial infection from growing and possibly spreading. This is a root canal procedure, and when it’s complete, a dental crown is placed to keep the tooth protected.
If you’ve lost a tooth, a dental bridge is one of your replacement options. A dental bridge is made up of three connected parts: a false tooth and two dental crowns that fit over teeth on either side of the lost tooth. These dental crowns ensure that your replacement tooth is firmly anchored and well supported.
Even if you opt for a dental implant rather than a dental bridge, you will need a dental crown. The implant itself is an artificial tooth root made of titanium, but it needs to be topped with a dental crown that takes the place of the missing tooth.
In addition to the functional uses listed above, a dental crown is a great cosmetic option. A dental crown can be used in any of the situations we might use a porcelain veneer, but might choose not to because we don’t think a porcelain veneer will be strong enough or will cover the entire visible surface of the tooth.
Common cosmetic reasons for a dental crown include:
- Small tooth
- Crooked tooth
- Discolored tooth
By giving your tooth an entirely new surface, we are able to make it as though you have a new, attractive tooth.
If you are going to get a dental crown, it’s highly advisable that you work with a neuromuscular dentist. A neuromuscular dentist has the tools and skill to ensure that your new dental crown will properly fit in your mouth and won’t cause bite problems.
If you need a dental crown for any reason, we can help. Please (803) 781-9090 for an appointment at Smile Columbia Dentistry in Columbia, SC.