If a tooth needs major repairs, then there are times when dental fillings won’t be enough to restore the structure of the tooth. Severe tooth decay or a broken tooth can sometimes only be repaired with a dental crown.
The cost of a dental crown is often the reason that patients are hesitant to have the treatment. Many insurance companies only cover 50% of the costs, which means that you will likely be paying a few hundred dollars out of pocket. But, this cost is an investment to help you protect your dental health.
When a dentist has made the suggestion that a dental crown should be placed on your tooth, there are a few questions that you can ask to decide if this treatment is right for you.
The first question that you should ask is why the tooth needs a crown. If the tooth has cracked and you experience pain when you bite down, then it is a serious condition that will often require a crown. Another common reason that a crown might be needed is that a different treatment was done on the tooth, such as a root canal.
When extensive damage has occurred because of tooth decay or a broken tooth, then a crown might be the only solution to support the remaining structure of the tooth. Ask the dentist about the portion of the tooth that has been broken and find out if any other repair treatments are available. You might be able to opt for a filling right now, but it is important to know that the filling does not offer the same level of protection that is available from a dental crown.
When a tooth has been damaged, skipping treatment can lead to bigger problems in the future. Crowns can be used to protect the tooth so that you can avoid the need for extraction. As tooth decay or serious damage progresses, it could eventually result in the need to have the tooth removed from your mouth. On the other hand, a crown covers the tooth and protects it from additional damage, helping you to maintain your natural teeth.
We are experienced in all types of tooth restoration treatments, including dental crowns. For more information about the services that are offered in our office, we invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment. During this consultation, we will talk with you about your individual dental needs and put together a plan to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.