In general terms, a dental crown is a cover the dentist places over your natural tooth. To ensure the crown maintains the alignment of your teeth, your natural tooth will need to be filed down. Because of this, some people wonder why have the crown in the first place or if it would be better to just have the tooth removed and get a denture where the tooth was. Here are just a few reasons a crown is often the best option.
1. They Maintain Your Jaw Bone
Your teeth sit inside the gums, pressing against the jawbone as you chew. This pressing stimulates the bone. If you are missing a tooth, the bone begins to weaken and crumble. This can actually change the structure of your jawbone and even your facial construction. A denture does not put pressure on the bone to keep it strong. When you have a crown, the inside portion of the tooth is still there, still pressing on the bone to keep it healthy.
2. They Protect the Tooth
Now that you understand why it is important to keep your own, natural teeth, you may wonder what a crown can do. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it may be sensitive to the things you eat or drink. It could also be more inclined to have bacteria enter the tooth and into the gums, root, and even the bone. A crown over top of the crack or chip prevents any sensitivity as well as bacteria. The crown can reduce the chance of needing to have the tooth removed.
If the tooth in question needed a root canal at some point in the past, it may be weakened a bit. A weak tooth may become loose in the gums and fall out. A crown adds strength to the tooth and keep it in place for many years.
3. They Create a Natural Aesthetic
If you happen to have a large cavity on a tooth in the front of your mouth, having a filling there could make your smile less than perfect. A crown is made to match the coloring of your natural teeth, so it will not be noticeable. Your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and have the crown made to fit exactly proper in your mouth. Generally, you can have a nice smile, with the damaged tooth protected in a day or two. As a bonus, you will still be able to say you have all your natural teeth.
If you think you should get a dental crown, contact a local dentist.