The Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are considered the most conservative tooth restoration treatment in dentistry. But before getting one, you should be aware of the pros and cons.

This article will look at the advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns for oral health. 

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are caps used to cover a tooth that has been damaged beyond repair. They are made from porcelain, gold, or a combination of the two.

A dental crown is also a tooth restoration procedure. The dentist removes the damaged portion of the tooth and replaces it with an artificial cap. The crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth from the gum line to the tip of the tooth.

Treatment options vary depending on the extent of damage to your tooth. If you need a crown to prevent further damage or infection, your dentist will start by removing any decay and preparing your tooth for placement of a dental crown. Cement is then applied to hold the crown in place and protect it as it heals over several days.

When to Consider Dental Crowns

The following are common reasons why you may need a crown:

Tooth decay: Demineralized or decayed portions of teeth may not support a filling, making them more susceptible to fracturing or breakage when biting down on hard food. In these instances, the dentist can remove any decay, reshape your tooth, and place a dental crown to protect it from further damage.

Tooth fracture: A fractured tooth can extend through the enamel and into the softer dentin layer beneath. Although your dentist can treat most fractures with a filling, some fractures are too extensive for fillings alone and require the removal of additional tooth structure.

Improperly restored teeth: If you have deteriorating fillings, they could break or dislodge. This can leave your tooth weakened and susceptible to breakage.

Cosmetic reasons: Crowns can improve the look of misshapen or crooked teeth or match the color of adjacent teeth. 

Advantages of Dental Crowns

There are several reasons why dental crowns may be the best option:

  • Crowns help prevent future damage. Since they cover the entire visible surface of the tooth, crowns can help prevent further damage to your teeth. 
  • Dental Crowns can cover or reinforce weak or broken teeth, especially those at risk of chipping or breaking.
  • Crowns help protect against cavities. The majority of cavities occur on the chewing surface of a tooth. Because crowns cover the chewing surfaces, they help protect the area from decay.
  • Crowns can improve appearance. If you’re tired of hiding your smile because you’re embarrassed by the appearance of one or more of your teeth, a crown may be beneficial.
  • Dental crowns can last as long as your natural teeth and far longer than conventional fillings, which typically wear out in a few years. With good oral hygiene, your crown should last for decades.

Disadvantages of Dental Crowns

While there are numerous advantages to dental crowns, there are also disadvantages

Possible complications include:

  • Placement over areas of untreated tooth decay.
  • Discomfort due to improper fitting.
  • Increased risk of infection.
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. 
  • Loosening or detaching of the crown.

Smile Makers Comprehensive Dentistry Provides Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be a great way to improve the health of your teeth. However, they're not right for every situation, so make sure you get all the details.

Smile Makers Comprehensive Dentistry can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns and help you decide on the best course of treatment. 

Contact us online, or call 334-277-5498 today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment. We look forward to helping you get your smile back in shape.