When it comes to dentistry and the procedures involved, most people know very little about it. That is okay and totally normal. However, there are some fairly common procedures performed that you should know at least some about when you are heading to the dentist (even if just for a routine cleaning). One of the procedures and items you should know more about is dental crowns. There are several reasons a person may need to get a dental crown in their lifetime. Get to know some of these reasons. Then, you can be sure you know about this procedure if you end up needing it at some point in the future.
You Need a Root Canal
A root canal is a major dental procedure that is performed when the inner soft tissue and nerve of the tooth have developed an infection. When this procedure is necessary, it involves drilling down into the tooth to get access to that inner area.
Because of this, the exterior of the tooth sustains damage. As such, a dental crown is necessary for the structure of the tooth as well as the aesthetics of the tooth. Essentially, if you did not get a dental crown, your tooth would be very vulnerable to further damage and cracking. So, dental crowns perform both aesthetic and structural support to a tooth following a root canal.
You Cracked Your Tooth
If you ever experience a cracked tooth, you will know how unpleasant the process is. Broken teeth are painful and can make it difficult to talk, eat, and drink because of sensitivity. And, if a tooth is cracked, it is vulnerable to decay and further damage.
As such, dental crowns can be used to help restore the structural integrity of a cracked tooth (sometimes along with other procedures to repair or seal the crack, or fill in the space that was cracked off). If you ever crack your tooth, even if you think the crack is minor, you should go to the dentist right away. The sooner you get it dealt with and have a dental crown put on, the better it will be for your tooth and your overall oral health.
You Had a Cavity
Cavities are one of the most common issues that people have with their teeth. They are areas of decay on your tooth. This can happen from eating large amounts of certain foods (sugary foods, for example), or can just happen even if you eat healthy and brush and floss regularly.
Cavities that are significant in size may require a dental crown to cover the damaged area of the tooth. Fillings will be put in and a dental crown fit over the fillings.
Now that you know a few reasons you may need dental crowns, you can be sure you are ready for your next dental appointment and the possibility of getting a crown. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions.