When Are Dental Crowns Necessary? Understanding The Basics

If you have a damaged tooth or a cavity, you may be wondering if a dental crown is necessary to treat your condition. In this blog from Southington Dentistry, we’ll take a look at a few situations in which a crown may be the best option for your needs. Let’s get started.

  1. To Restore A Deep Cavity That’s Too Large For A Filling

If you have a very large or deep cavity in your tooth, a crown will likely be the best way to restore your smile. Fillings are not meant to be used for extensive decay, as large fillings are much weaker compared to smaller fillings, and require the removal of a lot of your natural enamel.

Because crowns cover up all of your remaining tooth structure and replace the outer surfaces of your teeth, they’re the best choice for treating deep cavities, preventing tooth infections, and restoring your appearance.

  1. To Cover Up And Restore A Tooth After Root Canal Therapy

After a root canal, your treated tooth will need to be restored with either a filling or a dental crown. Fillings are often used in the anterior (front) teeth, since these teeth do not undergo a lot of strain while chewing.

However, the posterior (rear) teeth like the molars and premolars undergo a lot more wear & tear. Because of this, dental crowns are typically recommended to cover them up and protect the remaining tooth material. 

  1. To Restore A Broken, Damaged, Or Cracked Tooth

A dental crown is usually the best option for treating a tooth that has been cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged by dental trauma. Dr. Neil Salesky can remove any decayed or damaged material from the tooth, then cover it up and restore its natural shape and appearance with a dental crown. This prevents further complications, and also ensures that your appearance is not negatively affected by your damaged tooth. 

  1. To Replace An Old, Large, Worn-Out Filling

If you have a very large, old filling that may be near the end of its lifespan, Dr. Neil Salesky may recommend that you have it replaced with a dental crown. Old fillings can deteriorate and pull away from your tooth, which increases the risk of tooth decay.

By replacing the old, worn-out filling with a new dental crown, you can make sure that your tooth remains healthy and free of decay. In addition, replacing a metal-amalgam filling with a porcelain crown will help improve the appearance of your tooth, since your crown can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.

  1. To Cover Up A Tooth When Other Cosmetic Treatments Are Not Appropriate

Sometimes, crowns are used for purely cosmetic purposes if other treatments are not appropriate. A very small or misshapen tooth, for example, may not be treatable with cosmetic treatments like a veneer or dental bonding. Crowns are also very useful for covering up severely stained teeth. 

Need A Dental Crown? Contact Southington Dentistry Now For A Consultation!

At Southington Dental, Dr. Neil Salesky can help you get the treatment you need for a cavity, infected tooth, or damaged tooth. With a dental crown, you can restore your bite and smile, prevent further complications, and treat the pain and discomfort of your damaged or decayed tooth. Don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (860) 628-5029 to get started.