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When to Undergo a Dental Crown Procedure

Not happy with the appearance of your smile? Don't fret over it – dentists offer a variety of solutions to fix different cosmetic dental flaws. One of the cosmetic dental restorations available to you is dental crowns. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is designed to cover a dentist-prepared natural tooth to improve its shape, size, strength and overall appearance. Wondering about when a dental crown is needed?

Below are some situations that may require you to undergo a dental crown procedure. 

To Protect Weak Teeth

Severe tooth decay can cause your tooth to become weak and increase the risk of the tooth falling out completely. Likewise, trauma to a healthy tooth may cause cracking, which may cause the tooth to break over time. Crowns can help to prevent a severely decayed tooth from falling out. They can also help to hold together parts of a visibly cracked tooth. 

To Restore Broken Teeth

If you already have a broken tooth, your dentist can use a crown to restore its shape and give your smile a fuller appearance. Crowns can also be used to fix naturally misshaped teeth.

To Cover a Dental Implant

Are you missing one or more of your natural teeth? Whether you lost your natural teeth due to a sports injury, a brawl at the bar or dental disease, you may benefit from undergoing a dental crown procedure after the missing teeth have been replaced. Crowns can be fitted over dental implants to completely fill spaces left from missing teeth, as well as give you a more natural-looking smile. 

To Improve the Appearance of Discoloured Teeth

If your front teeth are badly stained or discoloured, you can benefit from treatment with partial crowns commonly known as porcelain veneers. These all-ceramic veneers are designed to cover only the front and biting edge of teeth. As they look just like natural teeth, they can drastically improve the aesthetics of your smile.

To Cover a Large Filling

Large fillings tend to look unsightly because they are so conspicuous. Crowns can help to cover such areas and also support adjacent teeth, which may become loose over time. 

As you can see, dental crowns are versatile dental restorations. They can be used as stand-alone restorative treatments as well as in combination with the dental procedures, such as dental filling and implants. To find out how crowns help with your dental problem, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.