You visit your dentist for a check-up and everything feels just fine. You don’t feel like you have any dental problems, nothing hurts, and you usually brush at least twice a day. But then your dentist tells you that you need to have a crown done to save your tooth. Why the sudden rush? “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” you think to yourself. Maybe the problem will go away.
Unfortunately, it won’t. And it can be very hard for your dentist to convince you that you need a certain type of treatment when nothing hurts at all. However, putting something as significant as a crown off can result in long term complications that may even risk losing your tooth.
Crowns are only used on teeth that can’t be restored with any other type of restoration. They are a last line defense that encapsulates the entire tooth above the gumline. Otherwise, the cavity, crack, or failing filling will continue to decompose to the point that the tooth splits in two, needs a root canal or must be extracted.
Waiting until the evidence is visible to you may be too late. By that point the fractured area may be too little tooth surface to structurally restore. Addressing it earlier on will prevent unnecessary complications and expenses related to the long term care of your smile.
Ask your dentist to show you on an x-ray or intra-oral photograph so that you can see the concern for yourself. Often, this is all you need to make a self diagnosis and educated decision about your treatment plan.
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
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