You should be proactive about your smile by brushing and flossing regularly. Unfortunately, poor oral hygiene habits are difficult to break, which often leads to weak teeth or cosmetic concerns. Luckily, dental crowns offer a great way to protect your teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Check out these five reasons why you may need a dental crown from Carlino and Paton, DDS PC.
1. You've Had Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments are often used on infected teeth to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. Unfortunately, the process significantly weakens the tooth because the entire tooth's pulp must be removed. This prevents the need for an extraction, but the tooth is at risk of breaking when exposed to the pressure of daily chewing. Therefore, a dental crown is typically placed after root canal treatment to re-strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of treatment failure.
2. The Tooth Has Large Fillings
If you have a lot of cavities or a few big cavities, your tooth is at risk of breaking, becoming infected, or completely decaying. But in some cases, a filling isn't good enough. If you have many fillings or big fillings, the tooth is more vulnerable, and it may shatter where the tooth tissue and filling meet.
These weak spots need to be protected, and a crown does exactly that. The crown completely covers the tooth to give it a solid exterior once more. This allows the pressure to be distributed evenly across the tooth.
3. The Tooth Has Cracked
Teeth can crack for many reasons, including:
- Extreme pressure
Like a big filling, this crack becomes a weakness in your tooth, and the more you eat or grind the tooth, the more likely it will shatter completely. If the tooth does shatter, your dentist may be able to rebuild the tooth, but depending on the extent of the damage, the tooth may need to be extracted. If the tooth is rebuilt, you will still need a crown to help prevent future breakage.
4. Your Enamel Is Worn
The enamel on your teeth helps protect against sensitivity and decay, but harsh brushing, not brushing/flossing, and a high-sugar/acidic diet can cause your enamel to wear down faster. This makes it easier for bacteria to enter the tooth, causing a cavity or infection.
Depending on how much of the enamel is worn (and the location of the teeth), your dentist may recommend one or more dental crowns to act as the new enamel and protect the tooth. If only your front teeth are affected, veneers may be a better choice because they require less tooth tissue to be removed.
5. You Have Cosmetic Concerns
Dental crowns can also fix many cosmetic concerns, such as:
- Stubborn stains
- Recurring stains from cracks in the enamel
- Mild overcrowding
- Mild gaping
- Uneven teeth
If you choose porcelain crowns, they can be colored to various shades of white, and the material looks almost exactly like natural tooth tissue. They are resistant to stains, and they can be used to fix one problematic tooth, or they can also be used to give your smile an entire makeover. Dental crowns may be a good choice for cosmetic concerns if you have many concerns, you want fast results, and/or your teeth are also weak.
If you have weak teeth or you want a more attractive smile, dental crowns may be the right choice for you, but they are permanent and expensive. Thankfully, your insurance may cover some of the cost. If you would like more information about dental crowns or other cosmetic services, contact us today.