Crowns Are Used To Protect Teeth
When teeth are fractured or badly decayed they may need a crown to protect them. After a root canal has been done a crown is often necessary to help minimize fractures.
Understanding How the Crown Works
- Crown or cap is used to cover the injured or decayed tooth after decay is removed
- Crown is designed to be the same size and shape as the original tooth
- Impressions are made so that the size and shape will be accurate
- Crowns are often made in a dental lab of either porcelain, which is tooth-colored or gold
- The tooth’s surface is prepared and the crown is cemented in place
Benefits of Crowns
- Crowns strengthen the tooth structure that remains
- Crowns are tightly fitted to the tooth to reduce the risk of decay
- Crowns can prevent teeth from fracturing
- Crowns can protect fractured teeth so they may not require removal
Downside to Crowns
There are relatively few downsides to having dental crowns because they are highly durable. However, after normal wear they may need to be replaced or re-cemented. There are times when a tooth that has been crowned requires root canal therapy, so the crown will need to be removed for the therapy and then replaced.
What Are Other Options if You Don’t Get a Crown?
If you don’t get a crown, a tooth could become so fractured or decayed that removal is necessary. Once the tooth is removed, an implant or bridge is an option that may be necessary to reduce bone loss or negative bite adjustment.