Basically, dental crowns can help in any situation where a tooth is badly damaged or worn. They can help in cases where decay has progressed to make the tooth structurally unsound. They can also help if you’ve had a large filling fail, or if the tooth has cracked under pressure. And they can restore teeth that have been worn down by biting and chewing over the years. For cracked and worn teeth, we’ll also want to investigate your bite to figure out if you have problems like TMJ or bruxism. And if your teeth are badly affected by acidic erosion, we will want to investigate your diet and digestive health to determine the source of the acid.
Dental crowns can even be used when an infected tooth is treated with root canal therapy. And they’re so beautiful, we can call on them when a cosmetic treatment for a tooth requires more support than a veneer can give.
What Are Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, sometimes called “caps” are sheaths that fit over the entire visible surface of the tooth, which is also called the crown of the tooth, so it can get confusing.
Because dental crowns fit over the entire surface of the tooth, they can provide support and protection that other restorative treatments can’t. They can strengthen weakened teeth, and protect teeth from exposure to acids and oral bacteria in the mouth. This can stop the process of erosion and decay so that a badly damaged tooth can be structurally sound and durable. The tooth will be protected from temperature changes and adverse pressure to reduce discomfort.