Why do I need a dental crown?
When a tooth has become severely damaged due to injury or decay, a crown is usually necessary to restore it.
Without a crown, the tooth is highly susceptible to breaking. If it breaks down too far, a root canal might be necessary, or in the worst case, a tooth might not be able to be saved. A dental crown is a good thing because it saves your tooth!
The crown surrounds the entire tooth to prevent breakage in a way that a filling cannot. Often referred to as a “cap,” a crown is placed over a prepared tooth structure then cemented in place. It restores not only the form of the tooth but its function as well.
Crowns are usually called for in the following situations:
- There is an area of large decay on a tooth that is beyond a simple filling.
- A tooth has become cracked.
- A root canal has been performed and the remaining tooth structure needs a crown to protect it.
- A tooth is severely worn down.
With proper care that includes regular brushing and flossing and twice yearly trips to the dentist, a dental crown can last for many years.