There could be several situations that necessitate having a tooth restored with a dental crown. If you have a tooth that has fractured or requires a filling of half the width of the tooth or more, it will need to be covered with a crown.
With a filling that large, the remaining tooth around that filling is weak and prone to fracture. Even before it fractures, if a filling of such a large size has been in your mouth for a long time, chances are it may be showing signs of stress or little cracks around the filling. In that case, your dentist will want to protect the tooth with a dental crown.
Because a root canal basically “hollows out” a tooth, the remaining section is vulnerable and prone to cracking. Usually, a crown will be place on the tooth immediately following the root canal procedure to keep it from fracturing. In cracked tooth syndrome, there are cracks inside of the tooth that cause pain when chewing.
Adding a crown, then, would help to hold the tooth together so that chewing is no longer painful. This is usually tested first with a temporary crown; otherwise, if there is still pain upon chewing, a root canal may be necessary. Broken cusps also need to be completely covered with crowns to prevent further fracturing.
Crowns can also be used cosmetically to cover the undesirable appearance of teeth to make them look natural and beautiful; they can also be placed on implants to restore spaces left from missing teeth. Your local dental professional will discuss with you the goals you wish to achieve and make sure that dental veneers are the best option for your individual needs.
Posted on behalf of Greencastle Dental
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