While dental crowns are excellent restorations that last a long time, not everyone needs them. Therefore, you need to ask some questions and assess your situation before deciding on a crown.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a protective type "cap" that safeguards a tooth that had large amounts of decay, or which has recently had a root-canal performed on it. While crowns were made of gold in the past, they often are made of porcelain today to provide a more natural and aesthetically pleasing look. Crowns can be made in a day, which makes this type of restoration a convenient choice for anyone who needs a protective and aesthetic restoration quickly.
Should I Get a Dental Crown?
You do not need a dental crown if you have a medium-sized filling, that needs to be replaced. In this case, an inlay or onlay will suffice. However, if a current filling takes over third-thirds of a tooth, you should consider getting a crown. Does your tooth hurt when you bite down? If the tooth is cracked, you usually will need a crown. Does the crack travel down vertically to the gum line? If so, the placement of a crown is usually the best solution. However, the tooth should be cracked, not crazed. Therefore, only consider a crown for a serious crack. Craze lines in teeth are common and typically develop, over time, from expansion and contraction or stress. The lines will not affect the integrity of a tooth. You often can get a crazed tooth bleached or whitened and erase the lines from view.
While crowns are helpful to anyone who has a crack or deep decay, they are not always necessary. Think about your options first before deciding. If you do believe you need a crown, call our team of Prosthodontic professionals. We are more than happy to help!