When the dentist suggests to a patient that a tooth should have a crown placed on it, what does this mean and why does it need to be done?
A tooth may need to have a crown placed on it for a number of reasons. Among the most common are:
- The tooth has lost a significant amount of support from decay or a very large old filling
- There are cracks in the tooth
What are the long-term benefits of having a crown done?
A crown provides a shield over the tooth to replace the strength that has been lost, or to keep any cracks from getting deeper.
A crown can restore your tooth’s shape and functional, provide the surface portion of a dental implant, improve the overall appearance of a damaged tooth, protect your tooth from decay, restore a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth, and be used to secure a dental bridge.
What are the risks of not having a crown done?
Not having a recommended crown done could lead to the tooth breaking, cracks getting deeper and possible tooth loss. If your dentist recommends you have a crown placed, ask why it needs to be done and what might happen if you don’t do it, so you can make an informed decision about your health care.
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