Are Crowns Right for You?

Dental crowns have been around for thousands of years, but the first one to really look like a natural tooth was developed in the early 1900s by Dr. Charles H. Land. Called a porcelain jacket crown, this predecessor to today’s more streamlined version was an important advancement for people who had broken or worn teeth. 

In the spirit of Dr. Land’s passion for dental improvements, Dr. James Butler and our team here at Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio continually strive to lead the way in modern dentistry. Our onsite lab allows us to adopt the latest technologies with ease and innovate a few of our own. If you need a crown, there’s no better place to trust the process, and no better dentist to do the job as efficiently, safely, and painlessly as Dr. Butler. 

A dental crown is simply a cap that covers your existing tooth and stays in place with the help of dental cement. It’s the perfect solution for several dental problems, but if you’re not sure a crown is right for you, take a closer look at a few of the main reasons people get dental crowns so you can make an informed decision.

Restoration

Everything wears down as you age — your eyesight, your joints, even your teeth. And if you’ve lived with a bite that’s slightly (or more than slightly) off over the years, you may have severely worn teeth that are causing you pain or have left your teeth susceptible to decay.

A crown restores the surface area of your damaged tooth and brings back full functionality.

Reinforcement

Fillings are great fixes for cavities — they seal up the hole and keep bacteria out. But if you have an exceptionally large filling, it can compromise the integrity of your tooth’s structure. Years of chewing place repeated force on your teeth and easily cause cracks, fractures, inflammation, and pain. 

A crown encases your tooth, distributes the bite force, and keeps the tooth strong and whole.

Protection

A tooth that’s been weakened by disease or injury may need the protection of a crown. The hard porcelain shell acts like a force field, preventing further damage and saving your tooth. 

Replacement

If you have a severely decayed tooth with an infection that has reached the inner pulp and nerve, you may need a root canal to clean out the decay within, and keep the tooth and its root intact. If the root canal is performed on one of your front teeth or incisors, you may only need a filling to cover the access hole and protect the inner tooth. 

But if you had a root canal on one of your molars, a crown is often the treatment of choice to not only protect the inside of your tooth, but the outside as well. Biting force is much greater on your molars, so there's a higher chance of fracture with just a filling.

Do crowns replace missing teeth?

Crowns restore or cover a damaged tooth and improve its aesthetics, but it only replaces the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In order for a crown to work, it needs a surface to cover and a root that’s still anchored to your jawbone. 

If you’re missing a tooth completely, you may need a bridge, another type of dental prosthetic that fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge stays in place by attaching to neighboring teeth. 

A better solution for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Our team at Innovative Dental Ideas specializes in this advanced dental skill that can save your mouth from progressive problems associated with tooth loss, including:

Because implants anchor directly into your jawbone, they replicate your lost tooth root, and they’re topped with a dental crown for stability. Every time you chew, the artificial root applies pressure to the bone, which stimulates cell renewal and growth. A dental implant also keeps all your other teeth from slowly shifting and migrating into the vacant spot. Implants help maintain proper alignment and reduce opportunities for bacteria to set up shop, preventing decay and infection.

Crowns solve multiple dental issues, and if you have a condition that crowns can’t solve, we have the right treatment and the right team to restore your dental health. If you still have questions about whether a dental crown is right for you, call us today at 614-529-0062, or request an appointment online. Whether you need a crown or any other dental treatment, we’ve got you covered. 

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