When Is a Dental Crown Appropriate?

Dental crowns are so common that you likely know at least one person who has one, if you don’t have one yourself. Today’s crowns are often so lifelike that you may never notice just how many people you know with one, unless they want you to know. A dental crown is called such because it’s designed to be a replica of your tooth’s crown—the visible part of the tooth that protrudes from your gum line. Because it completely covers your tooth, a dental crown may be the most appropriate solution for a wide variety of dental concerns.

When Your Tooth Is Substantially Damaged

A crack, fracture, or break in your tooth’s structure is usually considered an emergency because the damage can pose several immediate threats to your oral health. Besides the sometimes intense pain of a damaged tooth, the compromised structure can also leave the tooth’s sensitive nerves and tissues vulnerable to infection from oral bacteria. To restore the tooth and prevent the damage from growing worse, your dentist can suggest capping it with a customized dental crown.

After Receiving Root Canal Treatment

Like tooth damage, tooth decay can occur in varying stages, and proper treatment depends on how severe it is. For severe, internal tooth decay, root canal treatment is often necessary to remove the infection from within the tooth. However, the procedure can leave your tooth weak due to the significant amount of tooth structure that may need to be removed. Therefore, your dentist might suggest placing a crown over a tooth that has received root canal treatment to offer more comprehensive protection.

When You Need to Replace a Lost Tooth

Today’s dental crowns can do more for your smile than ever, especially when combined with a lifelike dental implant. An implant is a small, root-like post that can be inserted into your jawbone. Designed to mimic the functions of a healthy tooth root, an implant can be used to support your lifelike dental implant, creating a complete replacement for a lost tooth and its root.

Porcelain Brings Beauty to Restorative Treatment

There are a number of reasons porcelain crowns have become one of the most popular forms of restorative treatment. For instance:

  • Whether a crown is being used to protect a damaged tooth or to replace one that fell out or was extracted, it can be a lovely addition to your smile.
  • Porcelain can be customized to match your teeth in size, shape, and even contouring.
  • Crowns can be used as part of a dental bridge or dental implant, creating a stable form of completion after tooth loss.
  • Because porcelain is much like your teeth’s natural enamel, crowns can be taken care of the same way you care for your existing teeth.
  • They are both stain and chip-resistant.
  • With proper care, including regular checkups and cleanings, a porcelain crown should last many years, even longer than a decade in some cases.

Find Out if a Crown Is Appropriate for Your Smile

Made from a variety of materials and designed to closely mimic healthy, natural teeth, dental crowns are often ideal for addressing a wide variety of dental health issues. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of  Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.

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