A dental crown is a restoration which caps a tooth or a dental implant for maintaining dental health. Dental Crown Treatment is an essential part of dental implants, and is also useful in many other circumstances for improving the strength and/or appearance of the teeth.
The crowns are typically bonded to the tooth by a dental cement, and fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Dental Crown Treatment is needed in the following situations :
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) for removal of tooth’s dead pulp, leaves the tooth hollowed out and predisposes the remaining tooth to cracking. Hence, a tooth that has had RCT almost invariably needs to be restored with a crown immediately to prevent it from fracturing.
Once the dental implant is set in the jaw bone, a crown is needed to restore spaces left from missing teeth. Dental crowns, either be screwed into implants or cemented on to them, function as well as look like natural teeth.
A cavity or a fracture of more than half the width of a tooth, needs to be covered with a dental crown, because the remaining tooth becomes weak, and is prone to damaging further. Sometimes a crown is also needed to replace an earlier filling showing signs of stress and cracks.
A crown is badly needed in case of fracture of a tooth or damaged cusps, causing pain while chewing. Since the cusps are the part of the tooth that take the most stress during chewing, they need to be completely covered otherwise the tooth will keep fracturing.
Excessive Wear of Teeth
The teeth often wear off due to regular intake of acidic diet, or a habit of grinding teeth, or if the enamel is worn off. In all these cases, the only way of restoring the teeth is to cover them by dental crowns
Teeth having bad appearance due to color, shape, or spaces in between, can be made to look beautiful and natural by capping them with crowns, thus enhancing the look of the front teeth
Along with the above reasons, Dental Crown Treatment may help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place, thus making it a necessity for restoration of damaged teeth as well as for improving their appearance.