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When does My Tooth Require A Crown?



Dental crowns are basically a sort of covering on your tooth. This covering can be given in order to have an aesthetic or a functional benefit.

Steps to get a crown

Initially your dentist would evaluate the need for the type of crown. After that the dentist would cut some of your tooth structure off. Then an impression would be taken of the prepared tooth, which would be sent to a dental lab.

The dental lab would prepare a dental crown, which appearance and function wise is supposed to replicate the natural tooth. The dentist would insert the crown and check for any sort of problems before finalizing it.

When does a Tooth Require A Crown

A dental crown can be inserted for different reasons, it can be as simple as preventing a tooth from breaking up to giving aesthetic or a pleasant smile to someone with crooked or ugly looking teeth.

Usually the dentist might advise crowns in the following circumstances:

1)  In a root canal treated tooth – If there is a dead tooth, then in order to save the tooth the dentist goes for a root canal on that tooth. The root canal involves removing all the decay and infected nerves from the tooth and then re-filling the tooth from top to bottom. This process usually involves a lot of cutting, which leaves the tooth hollow from the inside.

In these circumstances, in order to prevent the tooth from breaking during chewing of food and other functions the tooth is to encounter the dentist would vouch for a crown.  Even though the crown would involve further cutting, but the crown then would help uniformly distribute the load over the whole of the tooth. This distribution over the full tooth helps prevent this root canal treated tooth from fracturing.

2)  Where teeth are discoloured or uneven – Sometimes due to a variety of reasons, one can have discoloured or uneven looking teeth. One of the options to deal with these teeth is to have a crown on these teeth. Having a crown ensures that the tooth is restored with an aesthetically pleasing appearance and the person is now able to smile and carry out daily activities without worrying about the discoloured or uneven teeth.

3)  To evenly distribute function – There are scenarios where one can have an accident or due to any other reason the function is disturbed, like if a tooth is smaller than other teeth in the mouth etc. In these scenarios the best way to help distribute the load evenly amongst all the teeth, is by using a dental crown.

Types of Crown

There are a variety of dental crowns available with the dentist. There are those which are superior in appearance, and similarly you have those which are superior in strength. The best way for one to choose the ideal crown for one’s tooth is to take the advice of your dentist; about which types of crowns are available for the tooth. 

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