Here’s why you may need a dental crown

Here’s why you may need a dental crown

Dental crowns are caps placed over a tooth to protect it and improve its strength and function. A common belief about these crows is that they are required after a root canal treatment. But that’s not their only use.

At Wapiti Dental, we help Grande Prairie and area residents with dental crowns! Wondering why a dental crown might be necessary for you?  Here’s why. 

Why do you need a dental crown?

A tooth loses its strength due to many reasons, and a dental crown can fix that problem. 

Let’s take a closer look into why you might need a dental crown.

1. To protect a weak tooth:

A chipped off or a cracked tooth may require restoration with a dental crown. Sometimes, a broken tooth can also be restored through a tooth-colored filling material, but a crown is a definite option if a large portion of your tooth is broken. The crown covers the tooth from all sides and protects it from further breakage. 

2. After a root canal:

The tooth becomes brittle and vulnerable to cracking after a root canal treatment and almost always needs a dental crown for protection.

3. To treat tooth decay: 

An extensively carious tooth could require a dental crown. The dentist removes the affected tooth, which results in a tooth cavity. The cavity is then filled with a filling material. Next, a small amount of enamel is removed from all around the tooth to place a crown. The procedure is often paired with a root canal. 

4. To improve the appearance of teeth: 

Dentists often recommend crowns to help improve the appearance of stained and discolored teeth. Patients get a completely natural and aesthetic look, especially with zirconia crowns.

5. To treat tooth wear: 

Tooth wear is the loss of tooth substance. It can be caused by a habit of grinding teeth or due to acid erosion caused by an acidic diet or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). 

Dental crowns can repair a severely worn down tooth and protect them from further damage. 

6. To replace a missing tooth:

Implants and dental bridges are a commonly used choice to replace a missing teeth. Both treatments require dental crowns to restore the space left by missing a tooth. 

Dental crowns can help treat various dental issues. Avoiding a crown when it’s needed could result in further tooth damage. 

If you are short on time and looking for a quick fix in Grande Prairie, Wapiti Dental can help. 

We offer same-day crowns to save you time and headache. Unlike traditional crowns, same-day crowns require no need to wear a temporary crown while you wait for the lab to manufacture your crown. The tooth is scanned using an intraoral camera. A computer-controlled milling machine receives the design information, and ta-da, the crown is ready in less than 30 minutes!  

Contact us today!

Looking for a great dental experience in Grande Prairie? Contact Wapiti Dental to book your same-day crown appointment with Dr. Sarah Piepgrass-Gander.