Do I Need a Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns are a type of cap placed over the tooth to protect or restore it. Crowns are shaped just like your real teeth in order to completely cover the visible part of the tooth and serve as a protective barrier.

Here are a few reasons why you may need a crown.

Large Filling

If one of your teeth has a filling that covers over half of the tooth, you will likely need a crown. Because so little of your actual tooth remains, it is more prone to breakage and infection. Unlike fillings, which are made of composite materials, crowns are made out of stronger materials, such as gold or porcelain.  Crowns help protect your teeth and ensure they stay strong over time.

Cracked Tooth

Cracked teeth can be a result of grinding, jaw clenching, or even chewing on hard foods. No matter how a tooth becomes cracked, it needs to be protected from further breaking and deeper infection. A crown can help to hold the cracked tooth together and keep it durable.

Root Canal

A root canal procedure consists of your dentist removing infection and decay from the inside of your tooth. This leaves the tooth hollowed out and predisposed to cracking. To keep your tooth strong and to help protect it from further damage, crowns are placed over a tooth at the end of a root canal procedure.

Dental Implant

Dental implants are used together with dental crowns to replace missing teeth. Implants replace the root of a missing tooth, and crowns are placed on top of the implant to fill the open space in your mouth. Crowns allow implants to be used in lieu of a natural tooth.

Aesthetic Reasons

If you feel like improving the appearance of your teeth, crowns can be a valuable solution. Teeth that are particularly discolored or that have stains that can’t be removed with professional whitening treatments can be made to look more natural and bright. Even teeth that are an odd shape or size can be enhanced with the help of a dental crown.


Dental crowns are a wonderful option for patients with a variety of dental issues. If you feel like you might benefit from a crown, contact us at Allan S. Thomas Cosmetic & General Dentistry for a consultation. We can help you find the best option for you and your smile. Give us a call today at 801-322-4900!