Although you would think that a crown would be a sign of royalty, a dental crown is actually not usually a good sign. Although you might dread them due to their expense or the fact that it means you have bad teeth, in the long run it will be good. If your teeth are at a point where you need a crown, there isn’t much you can do to change that without the impact of restorative dentistry, and a crown will help prevent future damage and keep your mouth feeling and looking better.
So What Causes the Need for a Crown?
There are many reasons your tooth could need a crown. These include:
Extreme Decay or Damage
If your tooth is too rotted for a filling or is too weak from a cavity or some crack or injury, a dental crown can keep holding it together. The dentist will repair the original tooth the best he can, and then place the cap of the crown in place.
You can also use crowns to help replace surrounding teeth that have fallen out or purposefully been extracted. In this case, you might opt for a dental bridge, where the missing tooth is replaced by a false tooth that kind of rests on top of the gum. In order for this to stay in place, a bridge is built. The bridge itself is the replacement tooth, and it is anchored to each “shore” or bank by a crown on the neighboring teeth.
In the above cases, a crown is constructed or used to help your remaining teeth stay healthy—both in alignment and in freedom from disease and decay. However, crowns can also be used for cosmetic reasons. If your teeth are misshapen, a crown can be used to correct the appearance of the underlying tooth. This can also be used for discoloration or any other cosmetic problem. Think of it as a mask for your teeth. For the most part, however, crowns are used specifically for restorative dental procedures and not cosmetic ones.
Come see us to find out if you need a crown today!