Is a crown really necessary?

image00015Crowns are the most common dental restoration and are often recommended in dentistry. Crowns are the ideal solution to many dental problems and they can extend the life of your teeth. Considering how much they cost, it’s only fair that you’d want to know the scoop on crowns.

If your tooth is cracked or fractured, it is a serious condition that may require a crown. Tooth fractures will not heal and need to be treated and preserved so you don’t lose the tooth entirely. If you have concerns, ask your dentist to show you and tell you why you need a crown. Your dentist should be able to explain everything so that you feel comfortable that it’s the best course of action.

Although a crown is one option, there are other options in some cases. You could opt for a filling instead. A filling will not give you protection like a crown will and will not prevent you from needing a crown later on. If the area to be filled is extremely large it can cause the tooth to break so that it won’t be able to be repaired, doing more harm than good. Feel free to ask your dentist if a filling would do. If a filling is not possible, they’ll explain why that won’t work for your particular situation.

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, over time your teeth will become shorter due to excessive wear. Teeth can also wear away due to acid erosion. When enamel is worn away, it leaves behind small soft teeth which can result in your bite collapsing over time. The only way to restore those teeth properly is by covering the teeth with crowns and increasing the bite. You’ll want to address these issues promptly so as not to lose your teeth permanently.

If you are seeking to enhance your teeth or correct flaws in color, shape, or space, crowns are a solution to give you a natural-looking smile. It’s common for patients to want to enhance their smile, and crowns give them the opportunity to do that. If you are missing any teeth, dental implants with crowns will allow us to restore your mouth back to full function. We can fill the space, enhance the mouth’s appearance, and provide stability to any loose teeth.

You should never be embarrassed to ask questions. Here at Sugarhouse Dentist we want you to feel confident with your course of treatment and will take the time to explain everything so that you have a clear picture of what’s going on with your mouth. If you have already gotten a recommendation for a crown but are having reservations, we’d be glad to provide a second opinion.

If you have any questions about crowns or restorations or would like to schedule an appointment don’t hesitate to call us at (801) 487-3836.