A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that covers the entire visible part of the tooth. It can be made from porcelain or metal and can cover a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury, protecting it from further damage. Dental crowns are sometimes called caps because they “cap” over the tooth in question to protect it. In this blog post, we will explore five reasons why you might need a dental crown.
Let’s take a look at these reasons.
- The tooth consist of massive fillings
While fillings are important for tooth restoration, too much of them may require a dental crown. That’s because the filling can compromise structural strength and make it more susceptible to fracture under pressure or tension. Your dentist may recommend an inlay/onlay treatment instead of your lack of enamel does not justify a dental crown due to other reasons listed here.
- You’ve been treated for root canal problems
When you’ve received root canal treatment, your dentist will most likely recommend a crown. This is because the tooth and surrounding bone have been weakened by infection and decay. There isn’t enough of the natural tooth left to hold or bond an inlay/onlay or other type of dental restoration, so we must cover it with metal alloys (to mimic enamel) and porcelain (which mimics both enamel and bone).
The purpose of this post-root canal procedure is to protect the remains of the tooth from fracture and restore any lost function even though there may be some structural loss due to extensive wear down on chewing surfaces where teeth meet together at joints called “foci.”
- Your enamel has been ruined
Enamel is the hardest and most mineralized substance in the body, which means it takes a lot to damage. However, if cracks or chips have compromised your tooth enamel from an accident or decay, then you may need a dental crown.
- One of your teeth is very decayed
If the decay in one of your teeth is so severe that there are holes along its surface, this will prevent healthy enamel from growing back around it once treatment has been completed. In such cases, having the entire affected area removed and replaced by an implant-supported crown may be necessary for optimal oral health throughout your life.
- You’re worried about your looks
You don’t have to worry about your looks when you’re wearing a crown. Crowns are made from the same porcelain used for veneers, so they blend seamlessly with your existing teeth and can be coloured to create an exact match. Many people forget where their dental work ends and their natural teeth begin.
The Bottom Line
If you’re experiencing pain, swelling or any other problems with your teeth that won’t go away, it’s time to schedule an appointment at the dentist. At these times, a dental crown can help restore and protect your damaged tooth, so you don’t need to worry about further damage and sensitivity towards hot and cold items.