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Jun
19

Does Your Tooth Really Need a Crown

Posted in Crowns

It can be a bit disheartening when your dentist tells you that your tooth needs to be repaired and a filling won’t cut it. Unfortunately, many people put the treatment off too long because they just don’t want to invest in the crown, especially if the tooth isn’t hurting. In fact, many people don’t experience dental pain at all, which is why routine x-rays are so important. Dental crowns play a key part of preserving teeth that have been severely decayed or damaged, and understanding why is an important part of your decision in putting treatment off.

Crowns prevent decay from invading further into the tooth.

Allowing damage to exist until pain is evident may mean that you never treat the tooth, or only seek treatment when the tooth is past the point of restoring. Removing active tooth decay or fractured enamel and covering it with a crown will prevent further damage from taking place. 

Crowns distribute force evenly across the tooth.

If your tooth is severely compromised due to decay or nerve damage, a smaller healthy portion of enamel is not enough to withstand normal use of the tooth. A full coverage crown will distribute the force and weight of chewing and biting across the entire tooth, preventing fracture of the healthy portion. 

Crowns are needed for teeth that are non-vital.

If you’ve had a root canal treatment, your tooth is no longer living. This makes the enamel brittle and can easily be cracked. Placing a crown over the tooth is the only way to ensure that your investment in the root canal will keep your tooth healthy for several more years.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

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