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Can a Tooth Be Saved by a Crown?

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Dr. Darren Huddleston
3D images of two dental crowns. Dental crowns are a common dental restoration method for teeth that are decayed or damaged. Dentists usually place crowns after a dental filling. Apart from helping to save a natural tooth, dental crowns also help prevent bone loss. In addition, they also play an important part in keeping your teeth aligned.

Even though a crown might save a damaged tooth, the question remains as to whether a crown can save all damaged teeth. Here is what you should know about fixing damaged teeth with crowns.

Can a Crown Save All Kinds of Damaged Teeth?

Unfortunately, when the damage is too severe, a dentist cannot use a dental crown. However, this is only in severe cases, and most of the time, a dental crown can save a damaged tooth.

How Can I Know If a Crown Can Save My Tooth?

The best way to know if a dental crown can save your tooth is to consult with your dentist. The dentist will assess how severe the damage is and recommend the best treatment option for you. This could entail removing the damaged part and installing the crown or extracting the entire tooth.

What Are Some Alternatives to Dental Crowns?

When the damage is too severe, your dentist will suggest the extraction of the tooth. If not too severe, inlays, onlays, or veneers may be recommended. Inlays are a dental restoration method that a dentist will use if the damaged area is at the top of the tooth. An onlay is used for damage not located only at the cusp of the tooth. An onlay covers the entire top part of the tooth. Veneers are also a great alternative and are generally recommended for teeth at the front of the mouth.

Dental crowns have many benefits for your dental health. Thus, it is important to make sure that you take care of your crowns. The best way to do this is to avoid certain foods that can damage your teeth, such as ice cubes, hard nuts, and sticky candy.
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