Do you really need a crown? Dental crowns are caps that fit over the top of a tooth—and can restore your smile. Even though this type of dental repair is a common fix, you won't find one standard reason to get a crown. If your dentist recently recommended this type of restoration, and you're not sure if it's necessary, take a look at what you need to know about crowns.
Why Might You Need A Crown?
According to a 2016 study of dental professionals published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), the dentists surveyed were likely to recommend the use of crowns for patients with fractured/fracked teeth or teeth with broken restorations. Endodontic treatment was the most common reason to recommend a crown, with 94 percent of dentists reporting this type of use.
A crown can strengthen an area weakened by decay, a damaged filling, or an injury. This type of restoration is used for the posterior, or back teeth (also known as molars). Along with this type of use, a crown can also support a dental bridge or correct significant cosmetic defects.
What Is An Endodontic Treatment?
The word endodontic comes from the Greek "endo" or "inside." Endodontic treatments include procedures that a dentist or specialist performs inside of the tooth. Root canals are one of the most common endodontic treatments. This procedure can eliminate infection or decay-related pain and pressure or correct an injury/damage.
A root canal requires the endodontist or dentist to make a hole at the top of the tooth and remove the pulp inside. The dental specialist then cleans and shapes the canal, fills the internal area, and seals the tooth. A crown is the final restoration step.
In some cases, a root canal can not save the tooth. If the dentist or endodontist feels the tooth is beyond repair, they may recommend a full extraction and a dental implant procedure. The implant placement process includes a few steps that are done at different times. After the dentist extracts (or pulls) the tooth, they will create a small hole in the gum. The dental specialist will then place a metal anchor or post under the gum. In the months after this procedure, the post will fuse to the jaw bone.
When the area has healed and the post is firmly implanted into the jaw, the dentist will add a connecting piece called an abutment. The abutment will hold the dental crown in place. A crown is a prosthetic and creates the appearance of a real or natural tooth.
For more information on dental crowns, contact a dentist near you.