Dental Crowns: Why Do I Need One?

When it comes to dental procedures, the term “dental crown” often sparks curiosity and sometimes even apprehension. What exactly is a dental crown, and why might your dentist recommend one? Today we’ll discuss this common yet essential dental treatment and explore the reasons why you might need a dental crown.

What is a Dental Crown?

First things first, let’s demystify the dental crown. Think of it as a protective cap that your dentist places over a damaged or weakened tooth. These crowns are typically custom-made to fit your tooth precisely and are crafted from various materials like porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials.

Why Might You Need a Dental Crown?

  • Restoring Tooth Structure: One of the primary reasons for needing a dental crown is to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. Teeth that have suffered extensive decay, fractures, or large fillings may lack the structural integrity required for normal function. A dental crown encases the entire visible portion of the tooth, providing reinforcement and preventing further damage.


  • Protecting Weak Teeth: Teeth weakened by root canal treatment are susceptible to fracture. Placing a dental crown over the treated tooth can protect it from damage, ensuring its longevity and functionality. Additionally, teeth with cracks or fractures can benefit from the support and stability offered by a dental crown, preventing the cracks from worsening.


  • Enhancing Aesthetics: Beyond functionality, dental crowns also play a crucial role in improving the appearance of your smile. If you have discolored, misshapen, or severely stained teeth, a crown can conceal these imperfections, giving you a brighter, more uniform smile. With advancements in dental technology, crowns can be customized to match the color, shape, and translucency of your natural teeth seamlessly.


  • Supporting Dental Bridges: Dental crowns serve as anchor points for dental bridges, which replace missing teeth. If you have a gap between your teeth, your dentist may recommend a bridge supported by crowns on adjacent teeth to fill in the space and restore your smile’s functionality.


  • Covering Dental Implants: Dental implants are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth. A dental crown is placed atop the implant to mimic the appearance and function of a natural tooth. This crown not only completes your smile but also allows you to bite, chew, and speak with confidence.


  • Preserving Decayed Teeth: In cases where a tooth has extensive decay that cannot be effectively treated with a filling, a dental crown provides a durable solution to salvage the tooth. By removing the decayed portion and capping the tooth with a crown, your dentist can prevent further decay and preserve the tooth’s integrity.


  • Protecting Children’s Teeth: Children with primary (baby) teeth may also require dental crowns, especially if a tooth has experienced significant decay or trauma. Crowns on primary teeth can maintain proper spacing, facilitate proper chewing and speech development, and prevent early tooth loss, which could affect the alignment of permanent teeth.


  • Long-Term Durability: Dental crowns are designed to withstand the forces of chewing and biting, offering long-term durability and functionality. With proper care and maintenance, a well-fitted crown can last for many years, providing reliable support and protection for your natural tooth.

Closing Thoughts

Dental crowns play a vital role in preserving dental health, restoring functionality, and enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. Whether you require a crown to repair a damaged tooth, improve its appearance, or support dental prosthetics, this versatile dental restoration can provide lasting benefits and contribute to your overall oral well-being. If your dentist recommends a dental crown, rest assured that it’s a valuable investment in the health and beauty of your smile. Contact us today to learn more!

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This article is

Medically Reviewed by 

Dr. Smita Warrier

Dr. Smita Warrier graduated dental school in 2004 from Tufts University in Boston. She relocated to Charlotte shortly after and started her practice in Ballantyne in 2007. She is very passionate about dentistry and providing top-notch care to her patients. 

She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as local and state dental organizations. She feels very strongly about staying abreast of the latest technologies and treatment care modalities and dedicates many hours in continuing education. 

She has been an Invisalign certified provider since 2006.

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