A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap custom-made to cover the outside of a tooth. They are the best solution to cover and protect teeth that are beyond repair, by restoring the tooth shape, size, and strength as well as improve the tooth appearance.
Like any dental procedure, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to weigh up before undergoing the treatment.
We’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons to make your decision as simple and informed as possible.
The pros of getting a dental crown:
It will protect a weak tooth from breaking.
Hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
Help save a tooth that can’t support a filling due to severe decay
Restore a broken, chipped or worn-down tooth.
Support a dental bridge.
Cover a tooth with a large filling, especially when the tooth is starting to crack or show signs of stress around the filling.
Cover up a dental implant.
Modify a misshaped tooth
Adjust an incorrect bite alignment
Cover up discoloured teeth
Protect a tooth from stress caused by grinding.
The cons of getting a dental crown:
Pain or sensitivity: You may experience discomfort shortly after the procedure when biting down. This generally means the crown is sitting too high, and can easily be adjusted by your dentist.
Allergic reaction: The possibility of an allergic reaction to the mixture of metals or porcelain materials used in dental crowns is rare, however should be noted.
A loose crown: If the cement gluing the crown onto the tooth washes away, the crown can loosen overtime and eventually fall off. This allows bacteria to find its way underneath the crown and onto the tooth, causing decay. If your crown feels loose, be sure to see your dentist.
Weighing up the pros and cons:
Oral care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one person may not work for the other.
Overall, dental crowns are the best solution to help protect and restore a tooth that is beyond repair. They are designed to look and feel like a natural and healthy tooth, and allow for normal biting and chewing. Depending on the wear and tear, dental crowns can last approximately 15 years.
If you are to experience some issues after the procedure, be sure to see your dentist to get it adjusted.
Want to talk to a dental professional to find out if a dental crown is the best solution for you? Phone us on (03) 9562 5156 or drop in to our clinic located on 47, Wanda Street, Mulgrave to book an appointment.