Dental crowns are often used to restore teeth – whether by themselves, or in conjunction with another restoration method. These ‘caps’ (as they were commonly called in the past) fit snugly over your damaged tooth to create a seamless and natural-looking smile, while also protecting your tooth. There are many reasons you may need a dental crown; following a root canal, a broken or cracked tooth, after placing a dental implant, etc. If your dentist has recommended a dental crown to restore your tooth, you may have a lot of questions – but don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place!
When You May Need A Dental Crown
- – Tooth Decay
Generally speaking, most of the time tooth decay infect your tooth it can be treated with a filling – especially if you’re able to catch it early on. However, when left untreated, the decay can worsen and infect a larger portion of your tooth. When this happens, you may need a crown to support your natural tooth after your dentist removes the infected portion.
- – Root Canal
When the nerve of your tooth (also referred to as the ‘pulp’) becomes inflamed or infected, your dentist may recommend a root canal procedure in order to save the structure of your tooth. Although the nerve itself will be removed, the roots of your tooth can be filled with a rubber-like material so they can keep stimulating your jawbone. However, after the root and other infected portion of your tooth is removed, you’ll need a dental crown to help protect your natural tooth.
- – Broken Tooth
Whether your tooth is cracked or broken, in order to protect it from further damage, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. Since crowns fit over the tooth like a cap, they can physically hold the broken tooth together.
Are you suffering from a dental infection or broken tooth? Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist today!