Dental crowns are a great way to repair teeth that are damaged by decay or dental trauma, and they are commonly used for a variety of other purposes as well. While many are familiar with what dental crowns are, it can be helpful to understand exactly how they are bonded to a tooth, particularly if…
When a Dental Crown Is Needed for a Cavity
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the entire tooth on all sides. It offers excellent protection for a damaged or weakened tooth, and it is a great treatment option for moderate to severe cavities. This review discusses the role of dental crown restorations for cavities and other oral health concerns.
When do dentists recommend a dental crown to treat a cavity?
Generally, dentists recommend a dental crown to treat a cavity when the cavity is relatively severe and cannot be adequately treated by a dental filling. Dental fillings are typically reserved for small cavities, whereas a crown is large enough and offers the necessary protection to address severe cavities. Additionally, a dental crown is usually necessary to treat a cavity if the tooth requires a root canal procedure. Specifically, this is necessary when the decay extends to the tooth’s root and causes decay to the dental pulp in the tooth’s root.
The benefits of a dental crown for cavity treatment
Dental crowns are an excellent treatment option for cavities as they provide long-term and reliable protection for the tooth. They also look just the same as natural teeth, so they offer cosmetic benefits. Additionally, they function just like natural teeth. They are also more appropriate for teeth further back in the mouth (molars, premolars), whereas alternative solutions such as veneers and dental bonding typically work better for front teeth (and specifically only the visible surface of front teeth).
Six additional signs that indicate a dental crown is necessary
There are many uses for dental crowns. Along with being used to restore teeth after cavities develop, dental crowns can also be used to restore a cracked or chipped tooth, a loose or weakened tooth, a worn-down tooth, a missing tooth, an uneven or short tooth, or a tooth that is severely stained.
The patient has a cracked or chipped tooth
A dental crown is incredibly useful for restoring a tooth that is cracked or chipped. Cracks and chips can occur for a multitude of reasons, from biting down on hard candies or ice to enduring a blow to the mouth during a sporting event. When these events occur, a crown is often recommended.
The patient has a weakened or loose tooth
Patients who have a weakened tooth can restore the strength and support of the tooth with a dental crown in many cases. This helps stabilize the tooth overall and often greatly reduces the risk of tooth loss.
The patient has worn-down teeth from bruxism
Bruxism, also called nighttime teeth grinding, can damage teeth and cause them to appear short and worn down. When this occurs, restorations are usually necessary. The most common type of restoration that is used to treat bruxism is a dental crown. This can restore the appearance, size, and function of teeth, especially molars and premolars.
The patient has one or more missing teeth
Dental crowns are also the primary restoration for most types of teeth replacement options. Dentures, dental implants, and fixed bridges all require the use of dental crowns. Subsequently, anytime the patient is missing one or more teeth and seeks a replacement solution, dental crowns are likely recommended. For implants, this involves attaching the crown(s) to the implant(s), whereas they are supported by adjacent teeth with a fixed bridge.
The patient has an uneven or short tooth
Dental crowns are very popular due to their ability to restore the patient’s oral health and functional capabilities. However, they also are often used to restore the patient’s smile as well. For example, a dentist may recommend a dental crown if the patient has a naturally uneven and short tooth that affects the symmetry of the patient’s smile. In this case, the crown can lengthen the tooth and provide a more aesthetically-pleasing smile for the patient.
The patient has a severely stained tooth (or multiple teeth)
There are several ways to treat stained teeth. However, when stains are severe to the point where in-office whitening procedures are not an option, dental crowns may be recommended. In these instances, the dental crown can help restore the tooth’s ideal shade and provide the patient with a brighter and more attractive smile.
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