How Can You Prevent Needing Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the many ways dentists can help save a tooth. Like dental fillings, dental crowns are frequently used when a larger portion of a tooth needs to be removed and replaced. As the name suggests, dental crowns are used to place a synthetic cap on the top of a tooth. Dental crowns are used in many different applications, and are frequently recommended for root canals, chipped/cracked teeth, large cavities, and as part of dental bridges. In this article, we will discuss the different reasons a crown would be installed and what you can do to help prevent yourself from needing dental crowns. 

3d model of a cracked tooth

When Do Dentists Recommend Dental Crowns?

First and foremost, dental crowns are a wonderful dental treatment that can help save a tooth. A very long time ago, the only solution for most dental issues was the removal of the problem tooth. Extraction was almost always recommended for problems big and small once decay had spread into a tooth. Luckily, modern dentistry has so many tools for preserving and restoring teeth. This includes dental crowns. Crowns might be recommended in the following cases:

Dental Decay: When there is a small amount of dental decay in a tooth, a filling might be recommended. The decayed piece of the tooth is removed and cleaned and a composite filling is installed.  If there is significantly more damage, specifically to the chewing surface of a tooth, a crown might be recommended. 

Cracked/Chipped Teeth: Damage to the surface of a tooth like a crack or a chip might be cause for a dental crown. The section of the tooth that is cracked or chipped can be removed and replaced by a crown. 

Root Canal: A root canal is needed when there is decay deep inside a tooth. To remove the decay the tooth has to be opened up so that the root can be cleaned out and filled. Frequently root canals require crowns. 

Dental Bridges: Another common reason to get a dental crown is for a dental bridge. Dental crowns can act as an anchor that holds the bridge in place. The false tooth is usually attached to two existing teething on either side. 

How Can I Prevent The need For A Dental Crown?

Prevent Dental Decay: As you saw above, almost all reasons you might need a dental crown can be linked back to damage to the tooth caused by decay. Root canals, damage to the chewing surface of the tooth, and bridges are often needed as ways of addressing a tooth that has been damaged or lost due to decay. Brushing, flossing, and most importantly; seeing a dentist twice per year can help prevent dental decay. 

Avoid Chewing On Hard Objects: Chewing on inanimate objects like a pen or pencil or chewing on chunks of ice can cause the type of damage that leads to a crack or break. You should avoid chewing on hard objects or non-food items. 

Address Issues With Teeth Grinding: Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can put a lot of pressure on teeth and eventually lead to a crack or chip in a tooth. You should talk to your dentist about tooth grinding and discuss methods to prevent grinding. A grind guard can help prevent grinding your teeth in your sleep. 

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