Portrait of a cheerful young man looking at camera.While the decision to get a dental crown is ultimately up to the patient, there are a few signs that a dental crown may be necessary to protect your oral health. Also known as dental caps, crowns can help prevent infection by covering severely decayed teeth and providing support to damaged teeth. This not only helps restore the functionality of your bite but also prevents further physical damage from occurring. Here are some signs that you may need dental crowns to protect your smile.

Your Tooth is Chipped or Fractured

If you are missing a part of your tooth or your tooth has a severe crack, it may be time to consider a crown. Once a tooth has sustained severe damage, it can let in unwanted bacteria, leading to an infection that could adversely affect the surrounding teeth. A dental crown will minimize this risk by covering the strongest part of your tooth, creating a tight seal against unwanted bacteria.

Your Tooth is Decayed

When a tooth is decayed, it can not only lead to gum disease, but also cause further damage to the root or neighboring teeth. This can be due to an infection or abscess, which may cause bone loss near the tip of your tooth’s root. In this case, our experienced dentists can perform a Root Canal and cover the remaining tooth with a crown to retain its strength.

You Have a Large Filling

Fillings are a great temporary solution to tooth damage. However, if a tooth is only being held together by a large filling, it is more susceptible to physical damage like chips or fractures. A dental crown can be used to cover the tooth instead, giving it a more natural appearance and lowering the risk of it breaking.

Want to Learn More About Dental Crowns? 

If you have severely misshapen, decayed, or damaged teeth and want to restore the natural appearance of your smile, call Flatrock Family Dentistry today at 864-297-5268 to schedule a consultation. Our experienced dentists are committed to helping you achieve a healthy, confident smile. We proudly serve patients from our office in Greenville, SC.