When Would I Need a Crown?

When Would I Need a Crown?

Dental crowns are custom-made, tooth-shaped dental prosthetics designed to fit comfortably over your entire tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramics, resin, stainless steel, gold, or a metal alloy. 

If you’ve been told you need a crown to preserve your oral health, you’re not alone. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that over 15 million people in America have dental crowns, and that number grows every year. 

Our expert dentists — Daniel Butensky, DMD, and Stephen T. Busby, DDS — use dental crowns at Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey, as part of a comprehensive line of services to address your oral health concerns and cosmetic issues. 

Our patients need crowns for a wide variety of reasons. Here’s a look at some of the top reasons you might benefit from a custom-made dental crown. 

To repair or support your natural tooth

Dental crowns help repair or strengthen natural teeth that have been weakened by excessive decay, large fillings with little enamel structure remaining, or injuries such as cracks or chips. A crown allows you retain the functioning, healthy root of your tooth while protecting the damaged visible part of your tooth beneath a strong, custom-made cap.  

To improve your oral health

If you have damage to one or more teeth, your risk of accumulating cavity-causing bacteria increases. This also increases your risk of developing more serious oral health issues, like gingivitis and tooth decay. A dental crown bonded to your tooth keeps bacteria away from sensitive spaces on your teeth. 

To protect your remaining tooth after a root canal

Crowns protect the integrity of your remaining tooth after a root canal by helping prevent decay and boost your overall oral health. During a root canal, your Dental Studios provider cleans out decay from inside your tooth’s root and seals the tooth to prevent further damage. A crown provides additional protection while restoring function.

To correct a cosmetic issue

From misalignments and crooked teeth to misshapen or discolored teeth, sometimes dental crowns are the best solution for cosmetic dental issues. When your cosmetic problem affects the entire tooth, customized dental crowns offer a fast and easy fix. 

To boost overall functionality

If you’re among the millions of Americans with one or more missing teeth, a dental crown can improve your overall dental functionality. Your teeth and gums work together to keep your mouth healthy, and when something is wrong, your whole mouth suffers. 

A dental crown affixed to a bridge or implant helps keep your teeth and gums working together. It can last for years as long as you brush and floss your teeth regularly and maintain regular dental checkups at Dental Studios. 

Finding the right solution for you

Crowns are a great solution to many dental problems. But some patients may benefit from other treatments, including options such as dental implants, veneers, inlays and onlays. Before making a customized treatment plan for you, your Dental Studios provider reviews your dental and medical history as well as any symptoms you have. 

Learn more about the many applications and benefits of dental crowns by contacting the experts at Dental Studios today. Call the New Jersey office most convenient to you, or book an appointment online now.

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