Why do I need a crown?

Have you visited the dentist and been told you need a crown? You’ve discussed it with friends and they said they had the same treatment, didn’t have a crown and have had no further problem. Now you’re wondering why your dentist has recommended one.

There are several reasons.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Dentists use crowns when rebuilding broken or decayed teeth. It is like a glove that covers the tooth and holds it together, protecting it from further damage. They are also used to strengthen and improve the appearance of the tooth.

Some teeth that seem to require the protection of a crown never experience any problems, but it is possible that the tooth in need of the crown will crack. The cracks in teeth do not repair themselves or heal over, and often will in time, increase in size due to repeated exposure to heavy biting forces.