6 Signs You May Need a Dental Crown
Crowns are a popular type of dental restoration that can restore the function and appearance of your natural tooth. They can repair tooth damage, excessive wear, and stains, among other cosmetic and functional problems.
Signs You May Need a Dental Crown
1. Large Cavity or Filling
To place a crown, the dentist must determine whether enough tooth structure remains. If you have a cavity that undermines your tooth's
structure or a large filling that is beginning to fail, a crown may be your best choice for restoration. Otherwise, a bridge or implant may work better.
2. Root Canal
One of the most common reasons for receiving a dental crown is a root canal. Teeth that have undergone root canals need crowns to protect them and restore their chewing ability.
3. Cracked or Broken Tooth
If you have a broken or cracked tooth, chances are that your dentist can repair it with a crown. Your tooth may break due to facial trauma, decay, weakness, or wear and tear.
4. Stained or Misshapen Tooth
Crowns can be a cost-effective, long-lasting means to fix stained or misshapen teeth. When dentists place crowns for cosmetic reasons, they match the natural teeth.
5. Preparing for a Bridge
If you have a missing tooth, you may want a bridge to restore it. A bridge replaces one to four missing teeth. It is attached to crowns or implants on either side of the gap. Crowns are a much more cost-effective means of attaching a bridge than implants.
6. Excessive Wear
If your teeth are affected by acid wear or bruxism (tooth grinding), you may need a crown to restore their structure and repair your dental bite. A poor dental bite can lead to headaches, damage to your other teeth, and TMJ symptoms.
The Process of Getting a Crown
The process of receiving a dental crown is not complex. It typically takes two appointments to receive a crown. During the first appointment, the dentist takes digital impressions of your teeth and your dental bite. They then design your crown. The dentist shapes the tooth to receive the crown, removing damaged parts. The dentist takes a second impression of the prepared tooth. They then place a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
When the permanent crown arrives from the lab, the dentist will firmly cement it.
Does Insurance Cover Crowns?
Most insurance policies cover crowns as long as they are for restorative purposes. Some policies do not cover purely cosmetic work. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have to pay out of pocket a portion of the crown's cost.
Call Dunedin Dental Associates
Dental crowns can restore your smile and your chewing ability. If you believe you need a dental crown, call our office at 727-734-3321. We can evaluate your tooth and help you understand your restoration options.