Why Do I Need a Crown?
Like fillings dental crowns are some of the most common treatments observed in any dental office. There are many indications for dental crowns, most involve “strengthening” teeth that are weak or prone to breakage due to large fillings, cracked tooth syndrome, fractures, or root canals, some other reasons are to change the appearance or shape of a tooth. Some fractures can lead to the loss of a tooth, so its often best to be proactive with any large fillings white or silver.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Cracked tooth syndrome can present as a non-specific pain when eating hard foods, or an abnormal cold sensitivity. It can happen as a result of biting something hard or even as a result of grinding and clenching. Most grinding and clenching habits go unnoticed, any pain or discomfort is usually only when clenching or grinding has become quite advanced. (See our Grinding and Clenching section for more info). Micro fractures can develop as a result of damage and these micro fractures are most often not seen on x-rays, unless they are in the exact plane of the xray. The pain is sometimes not severe, but is an indication that a more severe fracture may arise which can require extraction of the tooth. A dental crown should be placed before fracture to prevent the crack from spreading too far.
Other Reasons for a Crown
Some less common reasons for suggesting a crown are implant crowns, bite correction, esthetic reasons and correcting or strengthening malformed teeth. In this day and age there are many materials at our disposal to reliably and beautifully restore teeth. Emax, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal and gold are some of the materials that can be used for various applications. Some materials bond better and others provide more strength when needed. It all depends on where in the mouth crowns are placed, your bite and your oral habits.
How Long Do Crowns Commonly Last?
Dental crowns done properly, and well cared for are a long term treatment solution. They can last very long (even decades - depending on the situation) if you maintain immaculate oral hygiene, control habits such as grinding or clenching and complete all other necessary restorative treatment.
At Currie Barracks Dental we work tirelessly to help you prevent pain and fractures, but when they do happen we work hard to ensure that treatment is as comfortable and easy as possible. we are always happy to answer all your questions about your dental health. It’s always important to know your options. Let us help treat you right!
Contact Us to Schedule an Exam
If you suspect that you have cracked or damaged teeth, contact our Calgary dental office to schedule an exam and learn about all of the options available to you.