Over time, due to bad eating habits and not deteriorating oral hygiene, the dental structure may become weak and susceptible to fractures and decay. Age is a big factor for the teeth to start decaying but it is also common in people who eat a lot of sweet products or who do not take care to keep their teeth clean on a regular basis.
A crown is a dental treatment through which the decayed or fractured tooth is covered with a crown or cap so that it is strengthened and remains useful. For example, if a part of the tooth is broken off or is decayed, then a crown or cap of a similar shape and structure is prepared from gold or porcelain and set in with the existing tooth to give it the required support.
When do you need a crown
Getting a crown is one of the options of treating a bad tooth. Another option is getting a silver or composite filling which is much more convenient. However, if the tooth is cracked or the decay/ damage is too big for a filling, it is best to get a crown. In any case, it is best to get a second reference from a dentist before opting for a crown.
Advantages of a crown
A crown is placed usually when the tooth is in the early stages of decay. It will provide strength and support to the teeth and prevent it decaying further. Moreover, a crown is generally much stronger than a filling since it is especially designed and constructed in a laboratory to fit the tooth perfectly.
Another big advantage of a crown is that it significantly reduces the chances of getting a root canal later on which is a much more painful dental treatment.