Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges Milwaukee, WI

Dental issues are bound to occur, and when they do, the dentist may suggest a dental crown is needed. A dental crown covers the tooth to fortify it, return it to its natural size and shape, lessen pain, or to enhance its look.

Few things are more alluring and pleasant than seeing a healthy, attractive smile. With adequate dental care, and treating any condition as soon as it arises, keeping that healthy smile is an attainable goal. First, let's learn more about dental crowns.

What are dental crowns?

A healthy tooth is composed of a root and a crown — the clinical crown being the part of your tooth above the gum line. The dental crown, otherwise called a cap, is a dental restoration placed on the exterior of the clinical crown to strengthen the tooth. The materials used for making dental crowns include:

  • Gold or other metal alloys
  • Stainless steel
  • Porcelain or ceramic
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Full resin

Do I need a dental crown?

There are different scenarios where a dentist may recommend a dental crown as the ideal restoration option. If you have a large cavity, a dental crown is necessary to cover it to support the fragile tooth and prevent possible fractures. Also, root canal treatment causes hollows in your tooth and may predispose it to crack — thereby necessitating a crown.

A crown may be necessary if you suffer from cracked tooth syndrome, a situation where fractures occur inside the tooth causing unbearable pain when you bite or chew with the affected tooth. The crown alleviates the pressure and eliminates the pain in most cases.

Severe degradation of the teeth due to grinding and acid erosion may shorten or wear down the enamel, resulting in small, soft teeth. As time passes, the tooth may break, and the only method of restoring the teeth is with the use of dental crowns.

Crowns are also needed after a dental implant procedure. They can be used as tooth substitutes by placing them on the dental implants. When a dental bridge is necessary, dental crowns are used to keep the bridge in position. If the teeth ever become loose, the dentist may use crowns on many teeth to hold them together and maintain stability.

Dental crowns can also be used for a smile makeover, changing the appearance of chipped or cracked teeth.

The bottom line

Every situation is unique, which is why getting a dental evaluation as soon as possible will help you determine whether you need a dental crown. While there are many signs that could point to the possibility of needing a dental crown, the best way to know for sure is to make an appointment with your dentist for an exam. Talk to one of our dental professionals today to find out if you may need a dental crown.

Request an appointment here: or call Eastside Dental at (414) 888-4000 for an appointment in our Milwaukee office.

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