When is a Dental Crown Necessary?

Find out if your damaged tooth could benefit from this dental restoration.

Broken TeethAre you dealing with a damaged tooth? Are you wondering whether a dental crown might be able to help you? If so, our Overland Park, KS, dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch are here to answer your questions regarding this common dental restoration. After all, a dental crown can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes.

In most cases, a dental crown is recommended by our Overland Park, KS, general dentist because it is truly the best way to extend the longevity of a tooth after it has been damaged. So, when might you need a dental crown?

You Have a Cracked Tooth

Does your tooth hurt when you bite down or put pressure on the tooth? If you said “yes” then the tooth may be cracked. This is considered a dental emergency and requires immediate care. Once the tooth has been treated we will most likely place a crown over the tooth to protect and preserve it. Remember, a cracked tooth will not heal or get better by itself.

You Have a Weak Tooth

There are many things that can weaken a tooth, from decay to a traumatic injury. When the tooth isn’t as strong as it once was it will require support from a dental crown to preserve the natural tooth structure and to prevent it from cracking or chipping. While most decayed teeth can be restored with a simple dental filling, if the decay is severe enough then a crown may be necessary.

You Have a Misshapen Tooth

From certain dental injuries to genetic conditions, there are many scenarios in which you may be dealing with a malformed or discolored tooth. When this happens, especially if the tooth is already damaged, then a dental crown may be the best way to not just strengthen the tooth but also to improve its shape, size and color. Remember, dental crowns have cosmetic benefits, as well.

You are Replacing a Missing Tooth

That’s right; a dental crown can help replace your missing tooth. If you choose to get a dental implant a crown will be placed on top of the implant to cover it and complete the restoration. Crowns are also placed over teeth to support a dental bridge, an oral appliance containing false teeth.

Often times the only way to find out whether you need a dental crown or not is to schedule an appointment with a family dentist who can examine your smile. If you don’t remember the last time you visited the dentist for a routine checkup then it’s time to call our Overland Park, KS, dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Deutch.