Dental crowns are used to restore tooth structure and function. It is basically a shell that is built over a tooth, offering extra strength and protection to the underlying tooth. On the outside, a crown might look like a regular filling, but on the inside it’s very different from a filling.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, if you have one tooth that has a large filling, or if you have one tooth that has been broken, a crown could be the best way to improve the overall look of your smile. While the process may seem intimidating, a crown is a safe and effective way to repair your teeth.
If you are not quite sure if you need one, these six signs should give you a clear indication.
1. You Have a Large Filling
If your tooth requires a large filling, a crown will not only cover the filling but also strengthen and protect the tooth. If you have several large fillings, a crown will cover them all and in effect create a seamless smile.
2. You Have a Broken Tooth
A broken tooth can be very painful, and it will also look unsightly. If a tooth has been knocked out, a crown will prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of alignment. If a tooth has been chipped, a crown will cover the chip. If a tooth has been broken below the gum line, a crown will protect the tooth from bacteria, prevent bone loss, and keep the tooth stable. If a tooth has been broken or cracked, a crown is the best way to keep the tooth stable and structurally sound.
3. You Have a Cavity in More Than One Spot
If you have a cavity in more than one spot, a crown will cover all of the spots. When you have multiple cavities, the dentist will have to use larger fillings and larger fillings are more noticeable. A crown will cover all of the spots and you won’t have to worry about a noticeable lump under your gum.
4. You Have a Large or Irregular Gum Line
A gum line that is not even or very wide is a common reason to have a crown. If your gum line is not even, your teeth are probably not even. Larger teeth make a large gum line appear even larger. Also, over time, the gum line will recede. If your gum line is irregular, the tooth may appear crooked. If you have one tooth larger than the rest of your teeth, your gum line will appear uneven and the tooth will be more noticeable. A crown will make your gum line appear even, and it will make that one tooth appear smaller.
5. You Have a Tooth That Is Very Large or Too Small
A tooth that is too small or too large can be very noticeable. If you have a tooth that is too large, it will probably look like it is protruding. If a tooth is too small, it will likely look like it is receding and it may look gappy.
A crown will make that tooth look larger or smaller depending on what you want. A crown will also make your other teeth appear even.
A crown is a safe and effective way to fix your teeth that is also a very long lasting option. If you have a tooth that has been broken, a tooth that requires a large filling, a tooth that has a large or irregular gum line, a tooth that has been chipped or a tooth that is too small or too large, a crown will make that tooth look beautiful and it will also improve the overall appearance of your smile.
If you are concerned that one of your teeth might need a crown, it is best to seek a professional opinion. Melrose Dental Group can help. We offer dental crowns in Melrose, MA. Let us create a beautiful custom fit crown for your specific dental needs. Call us today to schedule your appointment.