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Oct
30

Are There Any Alternatives to Getting a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

While there’s no other solution that does exactly what a dental crown can, you may have a few alternatives to choose from. These will depend on both your smile goals and what your tooth needs.

Why Get A Crown?

A dental cap, or crown, is a single piece of material that a dentist seats over a tooth. The tooth must be trimmed to get rid of decay and weak areas and create a flat-topped cone shape that can securely support a cap. Crowns help teeth compromised by deep fractures or extensive decay to stay in one piece.

If You Don’t Get A Crown 

What are your other options?

Fillings. Some people prefer a filling because it’s cheaper, but it may only compromise your tooth further because of being too big.

Inlay or onlays. If only a portion of your tooth is damaged, then a filling-crown hybrid may be in order.

Veneers or bonding. These cosmetic treatments are conservative options only if your tooth is still structurally sound.

Extraction. You can pull the tooth and then deal with finding a way to replace it and preserve tooth alignment.

Do nothing. Whether your tooth hurts right now or not, it will break down sooner or later. Eventually, you won’t have the option of saving it with a crown – it’ll be either a root canal or extraction.

Rather than trying to figure out for yourself what your smile needs, visit a dentist near you. A professional will help you get an idea of the condition of your tooth. That way, you’ll be prepared to choose the best restorative option, which may very well end up being a dental crown!

Posted on behalf of:
Lakewood Dental Trails
10252 W Adams Ave
Temple, TX 76502
(254) 434-4035

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