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The Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are commonly recommended to patients after root canals, dental implants, and trauma. It is a treatment known for its effectiveness in restoring damaged teeth. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of dental crowns that highlights some things to consider about the relatively simple procedure.

Pro: Versatile

Dental crowns are used in a variety of applications. A dental crown can cover a dental implant, top off a root canal, and protect a broken or chipped tooth. It can also be used in cosmetic dentistry to change the shape and color of a tooth. Very few dental appliances are usable in so many different applications in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures. 

Con: Filing Original Tooth

If you need a crown placed over an existing tooth, the existing tooth will need to be filed down before the dental crown can be fitted. The filing is a permanent change on your tooth and cannot be undone. In the case of dental implants, this isn’t the case, as you’re not covering an existing tooth with the crown but another dental appliance.

Pro: High Success Rate

Overall, dental crowns are a successful procedure. Compared to not seeking dental treatment or some other types of restorations, many scientific studies have shown that dental crowns are a good long-term option for patients of all ages. After having a dental crown placed, patients often express satisfaction with the relatively quick procedure.

Con: Loose Crowns

Over a long period of time, your saliva and beverages could wear away the dental cement used to place the crown. If this happens, the crown could become loose. If bacteria enter the tooth, decay is possible. During your routine dental exams, your dentist will check on your dental crowns to ensure that they haven’t become loose. You may end up needing a replacement crown.

Pro: Long Lasting

Dental crowns are among the more affordable dental procedures available to improve the look and appearance of a tooth. The results can last at least five to 15 years, depending on the care of the tooth. Many patients won’t have to have a crown replaced for decades after it was first placed.

Con: Varying Costs

There are different materials that can be used to create a dental crown, including gold and porcelain. The material used will have a significant impact on its cost. Fortunately, crowns are often covered by dental insurance plans.

Ready to Get Started?

A dental crown is a great solution for a variety of dental problems. However, it may not be the best option for every patient. Call Smile Haus at 818-348-6068 to schedule an appointment and discuss your dental health concerns. We have experienced dentists who can provide the high-quality care you deserve. If a dental crown is what it best, we can make a plan for treatment that addresses all of your dental needs.