Do you need a dental crown?
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures available today. They are custom-made caps or covers which are placed directly over a decaying or damaged tooth. Crowns offer both structural and cosmetic improvements to your teeth and can help give you a happy smile.
Crowns are used as a dental restoration because they help restore a tooth to its original shape and can help make it stronger. Teeth can suffer damage from a physical injury or through infection (from poor oral hygiene) and crowns can be used to cover up this damage and protect your teeth from further damage. This can help prevent the unnecessary loss of teeth which would require a more expensive and complicated treatment to replace.
Crowns can be made from metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or even a combination of materials. Your crown can also be coloured to match your natural teeth, so it can be inconspicuous. Crowns can help enhance your smile and improve the function of your mouth, making them an important part of dental care and restorations.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
If you are experiencing any of the following, then you may need a crown:
Sometimes, people will experience a crack in their tooth which can cause much pain and discomfort, especially when biting or chewing. Dental crowns can be used to cover up a tooth with a crack in it to help alleviate the pain and prevent the damage from spreading.
If your tooth has been chipped, your dentist will recommend getting a dental crown. Unlike your bones, a fractured tooth will not heal and needs to be protected. The crown can therefore be used to cover up the damage, so it won’t be visible, prevent the damage from spreading further, and protect it from any future damage.
If you’ve suffered a broken tooth and the break is severe enough, a filling will no longer be an option. Once a patient breaks a ‘cusp’ (the pointed part/s at the end of your teeth) and no longer has enamel support, your dentist will recommend a dental crown.
Teeth needs protection:
When teeth get cavities, your dentist will need to perform a root canal to remove the infected tissue which requires your dentist to remove parts of the tooth’s actual structure. Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned out, a filling is placed in the empty space. Crowns are used to support and protect a tooth that has very little of its natural structure left.
To hold teeth together:
Teeth that have been weakened by decay or have several cracks in it can be saved by crowns. The dental crown can be used to hold the tooth together and prevent future damage.
Getting a bridge:
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They use the teeth surrounding the gap as an anchor. The surrounding teeth are prepped and fitted with dental crowns, as the crowns provide a stable anchor for the bridge. If you opt for a dental bridge, your dentist will need to fit crowns on your teeth.
For cosmetic purposes:
People with stained, discoloured or misshapen teeth can use crowns to cover up the imperfections. Dental crowns are often used by patients for the aesthetic value it adds to their smile by covering up unsightly issues which cannot be solved by other methods (such as teeth whitening).
If you are opting for dental implants (instead of a bridge) to fill a gap left by missing teeth, you will need crowns to cover up the implant head.
Suffering from excessive wear:
People who grind their teeth (especially at night) or consume foods that are very acidic can erode the natural enamel of their teeth, making it weaker and more susceptible to damage and disease. Severe grinding can also shorten your teeth as it becomes worn out. Dentists often recommend crowns for these issues as it can offer proper protection for the already weakened tooth.
Protection from sensitivity:
After a root canal, some of the remaining nerves can become quite sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. This can be painful and cause discomfort when eating and drinking. Dentists will recommend getting a crown after the root canal to help protect the tooth from any sensitivity.
Dental problems and trauma can arise at any time and can leave your teeth looking unappealing and feeling unhealthy. Most dentists recommend dental crowns to help with these problems since it does not require an invasive procedure and does not take much time to complete the entire fitting.
Dental crowns can help protect your teeth and cover up imperfections so that you will always have the confidence to keep smiling widely and happily!
If you suspect that you need a dental crown, you should make an appointment at Kerwin Dental in Cairns to learn more and undergo an examination to assess your candidacy. Book an appointment by calling (07) 4031 2134 or completing the query form on our Contact Us page.