Has your dentist at Dental Care of Morristown recommended a dental crown for your smile? You may very likely be wondering what a dental crown is and how it can benefit your smile. Our dentists would like you to better understand why we may have recommended a crown for your situation. We encourage you to continue reading on to learn more about dental crowns and your unique smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns fit over a tooth and are a permanent restoration. Our dentists often refer to them as tooth caps and can be made from a wide range of materials. Our dentists may have recommended a dental crown for one of the following reasons:
- To repair a tooth that had a very large filling. Very large or very old fillings often need to be replaced with a dental crown. Over time fillings fail to protect the tooth. Dental crowns provide a solid foundation and can easily cover more space than a dental filling can.
- To save a tooth that has extensive decay. Your dentist may have suggested a dental crown due to severe decay found in your tooth. Dental crowns provide more support compared to a regular dental filling.
- To protect a tooth that had a root canal. In root canal therapy, the pulp of the tooth is removed. This causes the tooth to become weak. A crown will help to provide the needed strength back to the tooth.
- To repair a tooth that is misshapen or damaged. If you have a TMJ related issue, then you may grind or clench your teeth. This causes them to become damaged or misshapen. Dental crowns can protect your teeth from suffering further issues.
For more information, contact our clinic today!