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Dental Crowns: Who Is a Good Candidate?

By Kenneth Malament on November 11, 2017

A porcelain dental crownSerious tooth damage can be painful. It can also lead to problems with the aesthetics of your smile. If you have a tooth that's seriously damaged or in pain, the team at Boston Prosthodontics can help. We offer the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to enhance your smile.

For major dental health issues, dental crowns may be an ideal treatment option. Let's consider who may be the most ideal candidates for dental crowns.

About Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that is used to protect a tooth. A dentist removes any compromised material of a tooth first, and then takes an impression of the prepped tooth. From this impression, a crown is crafted to cap the tooth. With a dental crown in place, a person can bite and chew normally without experiencing pain or discomfort.

General Candidates for Dental Crowns

Good candidates for dental crowns are people who require a dental restoration but cannot have their problems adequately addressed with fillings, inlays, or onlays. These patients should have enough healthy tooth structure still intact to support a crown if it were to be placed. If a tooth cannot be saved or protected with a crown, extraction may be the only viable option.

Ideal for Tooth Damage and Tooth Decay

Dental crowns are a great option for people who have suffered from severe tooth damage or tooth decay. In these cases, other restorations simply may not be able to fix a tooth. A crown will be able to protect a tooth and strengthen it when other restorations are no longer viable.

Capping a Tooth After Root Canal Therapy

During a root canal, a dentist accesses the pulp chamber inside of a tooth. The dental pulp is removed so the inside of a tooth can be sterilized and filled with an inert material. To protect the tooth from further infection or harm, the tooth must be capped. In most cases, a dental crown is most ideal rather that other kinds of restorations.

Treatment for Minor Tooth Misalignment

While crowns predominantly play a restorative role, it's possible to use a crown to help fix minor tooth misalignment. For a slightly twisted, crooked, or overlapping tooth, the outer portion of the tooth can bee carefully removed and a crown can be used to cap the tooth to make it look straight and properly aligned. This is ideal only when the misalignment is purely cosmetic in nature.

Implant-Supported Crowns for a Missing Tooth

If you're missing just a single tooth, it's possible to get a dental implant placed in the tooth gap. This dental implant is a surgically embedded artificial tooth root. The implant can be capped with a single replacement tooth in the form of a custom-crafted dental crown.

Metal or Porcelain Dental Crowns?

Both metal and porcelain dental crowns are effective in their own way. Generally speaking, porcelain crowns are most common for the prominent teeth in the mouth while metal crowns are often used for the molars and less-seen teeth. This can vary based on the needs of the patient, however. You can discuss this with your dentist during the consultation process.

Learn More About Dental Crowns

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns and how they can help you experience enhanced dental health? Be sure to contact the dentists of Boston Prosthodontics. We will answer any questions you may have to help ensure you get the right treatment for your needs.

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