Dental Crowns—Do You Need Them?

A dental crown is basically a cap that looks like a tooth and is placed on top of your existing tooth. There are many reasons for needing dental crowns, from cosmetic concerns to actual dental issues. A dental crown differs from a dental implant in that the cap is placed over the tooth and not meant to replace a former tooth, but provides many of the same results in allowing you to have a more complete smile.

Do you need dental crowns? Dental crowns do come with a cost (starting around $800 per crown) but they can change the way your smile looks and feels. Here is a guide to help you understand if you need dental crowns. If you have concerns about your dental costs, insurance may cover some of the costs of dental crowns.

You have a deep cavity

A deep cavity that takes over most of your tooth but is too viable to be pulled will be left exposed to a lot of damage without the cover of a dental crown. Dental crowns are an excellent alternative to having a tooth pulled that is decayed but worth saving, especially if the tooth is near the front of the mouth.

You have a deformed tooth

Do you have a tooth that is prematurely small or one that has a major crack or chip in it? Do you have a single tooth that is misshapen compared to the rest of your teeth? If so, then you may want to consider getting dental crowns on the teeth that look imperfect compared to the rest of your teeth. While these fixes may appear cosmetic at first, if they are to also replace or repair parts of a tooth that has been damaged, the dental crowns work to preserve the affected teeth as much as they work to make them look better.

You have strange-colored teeth

Dental crowns are designed in a tooth color that can match the rest of your smile. If you have a single tooth that is gray or darkened due to damage or natural coloring and you want to make the tooth look better, consider a dental crown. The dental crown will simply cover the tooth and give it a more desirable appearance so you can enjoy your smile more.

Your dentist will let you know if dental crowns are right for you. A dental crown can be a great solution if you have had extensive dental work done.