How useful is a hardhat, bike helmet, or football helmet if it has a crack in it? It’s basically pointless to wear a damaged piece of safety equipment.
Your tooth has a very similar setup. The outer layer of strong enamel is a covering that protects your tooth from the forces of biting and chewing.
Once that tough outer shell is compromised, however, you may need an entirely new “helmet.” This is wear a dental cap, or crown, comes into play.
Why Not Just Get A Filling?
A filling is often a great option for repairing tooth damage – if that damage is small enough. Fractures or cavities that compromise more than about 25% of the tooth’s structure could significantly undermine its strength.
This is where you would need to restore your tooth with a more solid option that can withstand heavier use.
Reasons You Might Need A Crown
Without a professional dental exam, it can be hard to know for sure whether you need a dental crown. Here are some of the reasons your dentist may suggest one.
Talk with your dentist if you think you might need a cap. You might be surprised to learn what other options you have. Schedule a consultation with your local office to find out which solution will help you hold onto your tooth for years to come.
Posted on behalf of:
The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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