How Do I Know if I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are popular enough that there’s a good chance that someone you know already has one. In many cases, however, you may not even realize it thanks to the highly lifelike appearance of today’s dental restorations. At our Newhall, CA, dental office, we can custom-design a porcelain crown to closely mimic your healthy, natural teeth while successfully restoring the tooth that it caps. Before recommending one, however, we’ll ensure that you truly do need a dental crown to effectively restore your tooth.

When your tooth is fractured/broken

The point of a dental crown is to protect and restore all of your tooth’s visible structure, and fractured or broken tooth crowns are among the most common reasons for needing one. Placing a crown over your tooth keeps the structure from suffering further damage while also restoring your ability to bite and chew comfortably. With the help of a crown, you can restore your tooth’s health and function instead of having to extract and replace the tooth.

After treating a tooth’s root canal

Because a dental crown is placed over a tooth, one of its most important benefits is restoring its health, integrity, and function. After root canal treatment, which involves carefully removing infected tissues from a tooth’s pulp and root canal, the tooth in question may become structurally weaker. To fully restore it, we often recommend placing a porcelain dental crown over a tooth after root canal treatment is completed. A custom dental crown will not only give your tooth the strength and functionality that it needs, but also reduce your risks of experiencing further trouble or needing more extensive dental treatment later.

When you need to replace a tooth

Dental crowns have always been utilized to restore damaged teeth, but more recently, they’ve also become a popular way to replace teeth that have been lost or extracted. When a dental crown is placed on top of a dental implant – a root like post that’s inserted into your jawbone – it creates a highly lifelike replica of your lost tooth. Not only does the implant and crown restore your smile’s appearance, but also the vital functions of your lost tooth root, which include helping you preserve the strength and integrity of your jawbone following tooth loss.

Find out if you need a dental crown

Dental crowns are popular for many reasons, including the fact that they’re often the best option for addressing a wide range of concerns. For more information, or to find out if a dental crown is your best option, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.