What are dental crowns used for?
If you have recently learned that you need dental crowns in our Burnaby, BC dental clinic, you might be wondering how Dr. Chan came to this recommendation. A few conditions may lead to the need for a dental crown to preserve your natural tooth.
A Broken or Fractured Tooth
If your tooth sustained damage from chewing or grinding your teeth and part of it broke off, a dental crown can protect and prevent any continued damage. A fracture line in the tooth can also be catastrophic because if your tooth splits down the middle or breaks off at the gumline, an extraction may be the only option.
A Tooth with Extensive Caries
Deep decay might mean that fillings cannot provide enough protection and the tooth could crumble or break apart. Fillings are great for sealing teeth, but not great protectors, especially when it comes to the molars, which absorb most of the force from chewing.
To Replace a Large Silver Filling
If you are having trouble with an old restoration or seeking cosmetic treatment to replacing metal dentistry with modern tooth-coloured options, a crown may be required to replace large amalgam fillings effectively and aesthetically.
Protecting a Root Canal Tooth
Once you have a root canal, the tooth may become brittle. A dental crown will protect your tooth and promote longevity.