3 Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown

3 Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown

Crowns are a common treatment in the dental world. However, they can still seem like a mystery to the people who need them. George Harding, DDS, and Ermias Semaie, DDS, of Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, MD, explain why you may need a dental crown and how they work.

How a dental crown works

A dental crown is a durable customized cover that fits over the surface of your tooth to strengthen or protect it or enhance its appearance. Thanks to our expertise and advanced technology, your dental crown will be undiscernible from your neighboring natural teeth. Crowns are meticulously shaped and color-matched to blend seamlessly into your smile.

Why you might need a dental crown

Crowns offer numerous solutions in dental care. They offer protection if you have a cracked tooth or need a root canal procedure. But did you know that a crown also sits on top of a dental implant, replacing a missing tooth? If your dentist recommends a dental crown, you likely have one of these issues affecting your teeth. 

1. Your tooth needs repair or support

Teeth are strong, but they put up with a lot of abuse daily. You chew for an entire lifetime and use your teeth to do things you shouldn’t — like when you rip an envelope. Wear-and-tear, injury, and decay can leave you with a tooth that’s become chipped, cracked, or worn down before its time. 

Your dentist can use a crown to repair, stabilize, or strengthen a compromised tooth.

2. You have cosmetic concerns

One of the advantages of crowns is their ability to conceal many cosmetic imperfections. A crown can solve various problems, ranging from replacing missing teeth to hiding a large filling, a gap, or discoloration. A crown can also secure a dental bridge to replace missing teeth if needed. 

3. You need a root canal

When you have a root canal, a small hole is made in your tooth to clean out interior decay and remove the nerves. He seals the spot, and the finishing touch often involves his fitting you with a crown. This protective cap provides additional strength and protection to the tooth and helps it regain its function and appearance. 

When to consider a dental crown:

A dental crown offers an affordable and reliable solution if you have a tooth needing protection, restoration, and improved appearance. Dental crowns also last for a long time when cared for properly—practicing good oral hygiene every day by brushing and flossing and keeping appointments for routine dental cleanings and checkups. 

Your dentist can help determine if a crown is the best option for your dental issues or if another solution can provide better results. You can rest easy knowing that no matter what, tooth pain or problems will be a thing of the past, and your smile will dazzle for years to come!

If you’d like to learn more about crowns or cosmetic dentistry, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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