When is a filling not enough? When is it absolutely necessary to place a crown on a tooth, in order to keep the tooth healthy? Knowing when can prevent problems like expensive treatment or losing a tooth all together.
Teeth need crowns when:
• They’ve had a root canal performed on them
• A large break or fracture has removed a significant amount of the tooth
• There is not enough tooth left to support a filling
• Fractures from biting pressure are a concern
• An implant is used to replace a missing tooth.
By placing a crown over your tooth, you can continue to preserve that tooth for several more years. By not placing a crown on the tooth, the brittle, damaged enamel will continue to break apart. This is especially important if your tooth is no longer vital after having nerve treatment like a root canal. The sooner the dental crown is completed, the better the outcome is for your oral health.
Crowns can be made to look and feel just like regular teeth. Most crowns used by dentists are ceramic or porcelain, which allows them to be custom shaded so that they’ll match your other teeth. These materials can be placed on just about any tooth, including the back teeth, because they are able to withstand normal everyday use like biting or chewing.
A typical crown is placed in 2 appointments. At the first visit the tooth is prepped and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth until the permanent one is ready. In about two weeks, the permanent crown is ready to be bonded into place on the tooth or implant.
Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
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