Why are Dental Crowns Needed?

Why are Dental Crowns Needed?

You just visited your dentist for your annual exam. Your teeth felt great, but your dentist just told you that one of your teeth needs a crown. What now? Do not panic. Most people get crowns on their teeth to improve tooth appearance, to repair a broken or decayed tooth, or as a large cavity or filling replacement. The crown is generally built from tooth colored ceramic or metal, which then covers the problem area of the original tooth.

For example, a fracture moving through a tooth might not have symptoms, yet. But many dentists can assure you that a fracture could eventually split and cause you to lose your tooth. Examining other clues, we have to decide whether a less costly filling would be sufficient, just a short-term fix, or make things even worse. If you chew ice, for example, experience tells us a crown might be the top choice because of its added resilience. These are judgment calls you and your dentist will need to decide upon together.

Dental Crown Options for Your Teeth

There are various types of crowns you and your dentist can pick from, depending on your budget and the shape of your teeth.

  • Partial Crown: If only a small portion of your tooth is to be covered, a “partial” crown made from tooth-colored ceramic or metal, such as gold, can be used.
  • Full Crown: If the whole tooth is to be covered using a “full” crown, the choices are broader, including various types of tooth-colored ceramic or metal.

When your dentist says you need a crown, you probably do, even if the tooth does not hurt. Speak with your dentist to explain all your options, including fillings. Make sure you have a clear grasp of the procedures and costs.

If you have any additional questions or concerns give Family 1st Dental a call at (402) 644-3177 today!

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Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Last modified on: Friday, July 14, 2017

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