When It’s Time for a Dental Crown

by Dr. Diane Hourigan

When something goes wrong with a tooth, there are a lot of ways that dentists can approach the problem. One of the most common procedures to repair and restore damaged or decaying teeth is the dental crown, and at the office of Dr. Diane Hourigan, we certainly do our fair share of them.

If you’re new to the concept of dental crowns, however, don’t fret! The procedure is a fairly simple one that can restore the integrity of your tooth and ensure that further problems don’t affect your oral health in the future.

What Is a Dental Crown?

The easiest way to explain a crown is that it serves as a sort of cap for teeth that no longer look or function the way they are supposed to. They are a tooth-shaped cover that slides right into place to improve your smile and/or return functionality to whatever tooth had previously been broken, cracked, or damaged.

There was a time not that long ago when these types of dental problems resulted in extraction, but today dentists can complete this relatively painless procedure quite easily, leaving patients in Chapel Hill with dental crowns rather than gaps in their smile.

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Should you experience any of the following, there’s a good chance that a dental crown is in your immediate future:

Your Teeth Have Weakened

Should you ever end up with a crack in your tooth, there is a good chance that the tooth will eventually split, causing unsightly damage and a great deal of pain. A crown can cap the tooth and keep it together so that crack doesn’t get any worse and you never have to experience the pain that would come from a more dramatic split.

You’ve Had Too Many Fillings on a Tooth

Fillings are a great fix for minor issues with cavities, but if you’ve had fillings multiple times on multiple sides of the same tooth, that can compromise the tooth’s integrity. A dental crown can hold everything together.

You Need to Replace a Missing Tooth

If you have received a dental implant to replace a tooth, you will need a crown to cover the implant. Since crowns look and feel like real teeth, your friends and family will never even know the difference.

You’ve Had a Root Canal

During a root canal, dental surgeons will remove the damaged root, but that procedure can put enough strain on the tooth that a dental crown is necessary to cover the brittle tooth.

Your Teeth Are Crooked or Stained

If you’ve got an especially unattractive tooth, either because it’s severely discolored or crooked, a crown can cover the offending tooth and make it as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of your smile.

If you believe that a dental crown might be the answer to one of these problems, give us a call here at the office of Dr. Diane Hourigan, and we will be happy to diagnose the issue and get you on the right path toward the tooth restoration you need.