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Placing a Crown on Your Tooth is Worth It

November 4, 2013

If you have had a few cavities with one specific tooth, or even have a fractured tooth, you may be advised to get a dental crown.  A crown is worth the money and is worth having one placed on your tooth.  The crown will act as a shield and will protect your tooth from any further damage such as decay or fractures.  As long as you care for and clean your teeth as recommended, the crown will protect your tooth and improve your smile for several years.


What is a crown?


A crown is a type of dental restoration that fully covers or caps a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size.  By doing this, it helps strengthen and improves the appearance of the tooth.  Crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down and fillings cannot fix and restore the tooth any longer.  If the tooth is cracked, a crown will then hold the tooth together and seals the cracks so the damaged tooth does not get worse.  Crowns are also used to restore a tooth when there is not enough of it remaining to support a large filling.  If you have a weak tooth that might fracture or a tooth that has fractured, crowns are typically placed on these to prevent further damage.  Dental crowns are customized to fit your specific tooth and are permanently cemented into place.  The crowned tooth is cared for and functions the same as any other natural tooth would.


Why you would need a crown?


Crowns can be placed on for several reasons.  The most common reason is that the tooth has been broken or is severely damaged by decay.  If a filling cannot replace enough of the tooth to make it strong again, a crown is recommended.  After a root canal is performed, depending on the severity, it could be recommended to get a crown to cover the tooth that is now brittle.  A crown can also hold together parts of the cracked tooth as well as holding a bridge in place.  It can also be used to improve the appearance of your teeth if they are off in color, shape, or even alignment.  If your teeth are off in alignment, the way you eat and talk can also be affected because the teeth are not lining up properly.


Benefits of placing a crown on your tooth


A dental crown offers many advantages mostly due to the way that it is constructed.  Since dental crowns are customized to cover your specific tooth, they help restore the look, shape, size, and color of the damaged or missing tooth.  These crowns are natural looking and mimic the luster and translucency of natural teeth.  Crowns are also stain resistant and durable and can last between five and fifteen years, and sometimes longer depending how well you care for it. The crown is used as a cap to encase the tooth and act as a splint to bind together the broken or cracked tooth and helps prevent plaque buildup and further decay.  Crowns are a great benefit to help your oral health and improve your smile.

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