My dentist says I need a Crown....What does that mean???????
Everyday in my practice I have to make the decision whether or not it is time for a tooth to receive a crown instead of just a large filling. I have, on more than one occasion, ran into hesitant patients, who don't want to invest in a crown. Let me explain what exactly what a crown is and answer some common questions.
1. Can I just have a cap instead?
- You may hear the word "cap" used by your friends/family or even by your dentist. What is the difference? Absolutely nothing. "Cap" is used to try to describe what a crown is. When we place a crown on a tooth, it completely covers the coronal portion (top part) of the tooth, therefore we say think of it like a baseball cap covering your head.
2. Why can't I just put a large filling in, it's much cheaper?
-Fillings are a great way to restore a tooth when the amount of tooth structure lost is small. After a large portion of tooth structure is missing or if a chewing cusp is lost, fillings become too weak and will break on function. A crown is used instead to help hold everything together and prevent future tooth cracking/breaking.
3. Do I have to have a root canal to have a crown done?
-No!!!. While most teeth that have had root canals performed, do need crowns.... not all teeth that needs crowns, need root canals. Root canals are used to treat pain/infection and nerve conditions inside of the teeth. If the tooth is just broken and does not have any pain/infection or nerve problems, you may be able to solve the problem with a crown alone. Your dentist will evaluate the nerve and make a proper treatment plan based off the findings
4. Will it still look like a tooth?
-Yes. While there are many different types of materials (white and gold colored), crowns are made to mimic the natural tooth anatomy.
Now that I have covered some common questions I get asked in office, let me show you what is involved.
If you have a broken tooth or have been told that you need a crown, feel free to contact Dr. Joshua Grooms at ABC Family Dentistry. 423-639-2176