Your dentist may suggest the use of dental crowns in any of the following conditions:
1. Weak tooth – A dental crown may be used to protect your weak tooth from breaking up. If it is cracked, the crown can help hold it together. A crown also helps protect the tooth from decay.
2. Tooth restoration – If you have a severely broken or worn down tooth, a crown may be used to restore it. In such cases, a type of permanent dental crown is used.
3. Dental bridge – A crown is useful for protecting and holding a dental bridge in place. A dental bridge is a replacement option for a missing tooth or several teeth.
4. Misshaped or discolored teeth – You can cover a badly misshaped or severely discolored tooth using a dental crown.
5. Large filling – For severely damaged teeth that have not much left, and are only restored with a large filling, a crown may be used to cover, strengthen, and support the tooth.
6. Dental implant – A dental crown can serve as a cover or protection for your dental implant.
7. Cosmetic modification – A dental crown can likewise be used for aesthetic purposes. It can help improve the overall look of your teeth, and enhance your smile.
For young children, the pediatric dentist may recommend the use of dental crowns for baby teeth in the following situations:
1. Save a tooth – A badly decayed or damaged tooth that cannot support a filling may instead be fitted with a dental crown.
2. Teeth protection – The teeth of a kid who is at high risk of tooth decay can be protected by using dental crowns. This is particularly useful for children who find it difficult to maintain a daily oral hygiene regimen.
3. Reduce use of general anesthesia – Some children are unable to receive proper dental care because of a medical history that makes administration of traditional dental care risky, or are in any way incapable of giving full cooperation. Instead of undergoing a dental procedure that requires general anesthesia, the pediatric dentist may opt to just protect the affected toot with a dental crown. In this case, a stainless steel crown is typically used.
Dental crowns may either be permanent or temporary. Permanent crowns may be fabricated from stainless steel or other materials like all ceramic, all metal (like gold or other alloys), all resin, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. On the other hand, temporary crowns are typically made of stainless steel or acrylic, and can be used for temporary tooth restoration until such a time that the permanent crown becomes available. Temporary crowns may be crafted right out of your dentist’s clinic, but permanent crowns are made only in dental laboratories.