Do You Need A Crown?
It can be nerve racking and intimidating to learn that you need a dental treatment you may not be familiar with or haven’t needed for some time. One such treatment is a dental crown. Even if you have never needed this treatment, there is a chance that you or your loved one may need it in the future, and it is good to be informed. A dental crown is a common treatment used to restore the function of a tooth. Read on to learn more about this common dental procedure.
What is a Dental Crown?
We typically recommend a dental crown when the tooth root is healthy and intact but the tooth structure is damaged beyond repair. It is most often used to restore the function of a tooth, but can also be used to improve its appearance. A dental crown is a permanent cap or covering that we place over a damaged or decayed tooth or to finish certain restorations, such as a root canal, a dental implant, or a dental bridge.
Why You May Need a Dental Crown
A dental crown is often used as a last resort before a tooth extraction becomes the only solution. Our goal is to intervene with a solution before you need a total tooth replacement. This is one of the reasons we are extremely passionate about routine dental care. We want to provide a treatment before it is too late. We may recommend a dental crown to:
- Cover a tooth after a root canal or implant
- Cover a tooth that is misshapen or severely discolored
- Replace a tooth with a large filling
- Strengthen a tooth with little structure remaining
- Fix a cracked tooth
If we recommended a dental crown during your last visit, we encourage you to call our office on the Upper East Side to schedule an appointment. Delaying a needed treatment can result in more extensive treatments and additional costs. We want to help get your oral health back on track.