By Dr. Vikram Singh Atwal, Dentistry
A dental crown is a kind of dental restoration cap which is molded into a shape of a tooth. The crown, when put in the appropriate place covers the part of the tooth above and below the gumline. When approximately 50% of the tooth is damaged due to decay, erosion or other such problems, a crown filling is required. But, before opting for crown filling there are a few things must seek answers from your dentist for.
4 Details You Ought to Know Before Opting for Crown Filling
1. Why is the crown required?
If a tooth is cracked, it is a serious condition and would require a crown because unlike a fractured bone, a tooth does not heal itself. Vertical cracks in the tooth may require a complete cover crown. Root canaling may be required if the crack extends beyond the gum line. One should be sure that the tooth is actually cracked and not just crazed. Craze lines are common and do not affect the structural integrity of the concerned tooth. There are a number of options to fix these cracks. Sometimes these craze lines show deep, dark stains which can be the sign of a developing crack.
2. What are the other options?
In many cases, crowning can be just one of the options. One may perhaps opt for filling. However, it should be kept in mind that filling provides less protection and does not prevent the possibility of requiring a crown later.
3. What will be the consequences of waiting?
In case you want to postpone the crown filling, consider the factors that your tooth can get chipped or cracked as a result and then need a crown. In very few cases, root canaling might be required. In some cases, the tooth may split into two or more which would require lengthening of the crown followed by extraction.
4. Is a root canal necessary?
In most cases, crowns do not require root canal surgery. In an episode of acute infection or inflammation, one may require a root canal.