How to Know You Need a Dental Crown

Closeup of a mouth model with a custom dental crown

Dental crowns can be a great solution for a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental issues. These prosthetic coverings can protect weakened teeth from breaking, strengthen already damaged teeth, and improve the appearance and uniformity of your smile. Crowns are fitted exactly to your mouth and will function like your natural teeth.

Here are some situations when you may benefit from a dental crown:

1. Large Cavities

Sometimes a filling can be an impractical restorative solution for a tooth compromised by a large cavity. For a tooth plagued by severe decay, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. The crown will act as a protective barrier around the affected tooth to prevent infection and further damage.

2. Broken Tooth

If you are experiencing tooth pain, it’s possible that you have a broken or cracked tooth. A dental crown can remedy these problems by reinforcing the weakened tooth during chewing and protecting it from total loss.

3. Worn Teeth

Teeth can wear down if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth in your sleep. Dental crowns can be used to restore the affected teeth to their original shape and size and improve your smile’s alignment and appearance. However, we will also recommend wearing a custom nightguard to protect your crowns from damage.

4. Cosmetic Purposes

Crowns are an effective method to address a chipped, discolored, or misshapen tooth. The caps are made to match the color and shape of your neighboring teeth, resulting in a natural-looking improvement in your smile’s appearance.

Reach Out to Our Team!

These are just a few of the situations in which a dental crown may be right for you. Of course, the best way to know for certain is to consult your dentist. To get personalized information about whether you would benefit from a crown, please schedule your appointment with our team at Pleasant Plains Dental!