Why do I need a crown?

October 16, 2018

When the dentist suggests to a patient that a tooth should have a crown placed on it, what does this mean and why does it need to be done?

A tooth may need to have a crown placed on it for a number of reasons. Among the most common are:

  • The tooth has lost a significant amount of support from decay or a very large old filling
  • There are cracks in the tooth

What are the long-term benefits of having a crown done?

A crown provides a shield over the tooth to replace the strength that has been lost, or to keep any cracks from getting deeper.

A crown can restore your tooth’s shape and functional, provide the surface portion of a dental implant, improve the overall appearance of a damaged tooth, protect your tooth from decay, restore a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth, and be used to secure a dental bridge.

What are the risks of not having a crown done?

Not having a recommended crown done could lead to the tooth breaking, cracks getting deeper and possible tooth loss. If your dentist recommends you have a crown placed, ask why it needs to be done and what might happen if you don’t do it, so you can make an informed decision about your health care.

If you are a current patient and would like to schedule a free consultation, open a chat with us now! If you are a new patient, we’d love to see you too – an initial Exam & X-Ray is just $19.95.

Before Crowns

Closeup of teeth damaged from decay

After Crowns

Closeup of teeth with crowns

Mortenson Family Dental is a part of Mortenson Dental Partners.

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