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4 Reasons Why You May Need to Get a Dental Crown

A dental crown is a structure that goes over an existing tooth. This article will discuss four reasons why you may need to get a dental crown.  

To Cover a Broken Tooth

If you have a tooth that has been broken or is just incredibly worn down, then your dentist may recommend putting a dental crown over this tooth. The dental crown is going to be created based on an impression of your tooth so that it fits perfectly over the damaged tooth. However, the dentist is first going to reshape your tooth to ensure any old fillings or tooth decay are removed. Once the dentist has prepared your tooth, he or she will take the impression that is then used to create your dental crown. Once the crown is complete, it will be secured onto your tooth using a bonding material. 

Your Tooth Is More Filling Than Actual Tooth 

If you have had so many fillings placed inside of a tooth that it is more filling than it is actual tooth, the structure of your tooth may be compromised. If your dentist feels that the tooth is beginning to weaken and deteriorate, they may recommend that you get a cap placed on this tooth. When they do this, they are going to remove all of the fillings from the tooth, which will only leave a small portion of the actual tooth left behind. This is what the dental crown will be fitted to. 

A Cracked Tooth

If you have a tooth that is cracking and is at risk for falling apart, then a dental crown may be placed over this tooth in order to ensure that the crack doesn't get worse and cause the tooth to completely break. For this kind of a crown, not much of the tooth is going to be removed unless there are areas with several fillings or tooth decay that needs to be removed. 

To Secure a Bridge into Place

A bridge is a dental structure that is going to be used in areas of your mouth where several different teeth are missing. However, to secure this bridge into place, you are going to need to have dental crowns on either end of the bridge. These two crowns are going to attach to your natural teeth, thus allowing the bridge to sit right where it needs to. 

For more information about your dental concerns and whether a crown is right for you, contact a dentist in your area.