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What Are the Disadvantages of Dental Crowns?

August 1, 2022
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Posted By: Thomas Family Dentistry

Dental crowns have far more advantages than disadvantages. For example, dental crowns in Hermitage, PA, can mean the difference between losing a tooth and saving it.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a treated tooth. It stops at the gumline, concealing your natural tooth entirely. Our dental crowns are always customized to look like neighboring teeth.

Dental crowns create safety zones between a tooth and your bite force.

Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown

Dentists recommend dental crowns for various reasons. And sometimes, patients ask for them to conceal cosmetic flaws. Here are a few reasons you may benefit from a dental crown.

Restore a Damaged or Treated Tooth

If you have a broken tooth due to trauma or decay, a dental crown can restore its look and function. Additionally, if you’ve had a root canal treatment, a dental crown restabilizes the tooth after treatment.

Conceal Tooth Flaws

We have a variety of ways to conceal tooth flaws, including dental crowns. Dental crowns can hide chips, cracks, breakage, discoloration, and shape issues. It can also give the illusion of length to a worn tooth.

As Part of Tooth Replacement

The dental crown is the final step in dental implant treatment, capping your artificial tooth root to complete the process. Two dental crowns also work to fix bridge teeth to healthy teeth.

Disadvantages of Dental Crowns

In some cases, to properly cement a dental crown, we must remove a bit of healthy tooth enamel. This can be considered a disadvantage.

Another drawback may be that dental crowns will not lighten with professional teeth whitening treatments—this is true of all restorations and prosthetics. If you’re planning cosmetic dentistry and you want a dental crown to conceal a tooth flaw, you can start with professional teeth whitening. This way, you can choose a lighter crown.

Another disadvantage may be that dental crowns do not always last forever. Like natural teeth, they require brushing, flossing, and dental care for longevity.

For Dental Crowns, Contact Your Hermitage Dentist

If you have a broken tooth or a damaged dental crown, we encourage you to reach out to a team member today to arrange a restoration consultation with the dentist. And always give us a call if you have questions.

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