Dental crowns serve many purposes and can be a reasonable and simple alternative to other dental procedures. But what is a dental crown and why would you ever need one?
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the tooth to cover it. The crown fully encases the visible part of the tooth. The main purpose of a crown is to strengthen a weakened tooth or improve its appearance. Crowns can be made from several types of materials which can often be colored to mimic your natural teeth. Your dentist will consider several factors before deciding on the material used such as the location and color of the tooth, its function, and the position of the gum tissue.
Why is it needed?
You may need a crown if you:
- have a large cavity that a filling cannot fix (at least half the width of the tooth)
- need a restored tooth strengthened from a root canal procedure
- have a worn tooth that needs to be capped from excessive grinding
- need to secure a dental bridge in place
- need to strengthen and protect a cracked tooth
- want to enhance your smile by covering a misshapen or discolored tooth.
What are the benefits of getting a dental crown?
There are several benefits to having a dental crown placed. Crowns that correctly fit over your tooth can be long-lasting and beautiful when properly cared for, making them a reasonable and financially practical choice. Crowns can secure together cracked teeth which can prevent or prolong extractions. They can also relieve uncomfortable symptoms that are experienced when using the damaged tooth by providing chewing support.
Will I have crown sensitivity?
Crown sensitivity is very common for about 1-2 weeks and usually diminishes over time. Sensitivity depends on several factors such as depth of decay and the severity of tooth fracture. Typically, patients are sensitive to hot and cold liquids/foods as well as minor gum tenderness. If your crown was placed too high, you may experience pain when you bite that lasts longer than the average 1-2 weeks. This can be fixed relatively easily with a simple adjustment by your dentist. Sometimes sensitivities can be caused by surrounding teeth rather than the crown itself.
It is important to have your dentist check all your teeth prior to and after crown placement to make sure this is not the case.
Further questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our General Dentists, specializing in Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry at Lindner Dental Associates, and find out what is the best crown option for you!