mature woman enjoys a walk in the park on a summer eveningIt’s not surprising that patients want to avoid getting a dental crown if they don’t need it. Dental crowns are on the more expensive side of dental work and aren’t always necessary. In some cases, an inlay or onlay is a more appropriate procedure. At Palencia Dental in St. Augustine, FL, Dr. Kinsey typically recommends a dental crown for the following reasons.

After a Root Canal

During a root canal procedure, Dr. Kinsey hollows out the tooth to remove the infected pulp. This means there is significantly less tooth structure than before which causes the tooth to be weaker. To prevent the tooth from breaking and to restore strength, it’s recommended to place a dental crown over the tooth. The dental crown not only seals the large hole in the tooth but it completely restores strength and protection to the tooth.

Worn Teeth

With excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth, teeth will start to wear down. Eventually, the teeth will become so short that dental crowns become necessary to restore the missing structure. Without dental crowns, patients might need to have their teeth extracted because they become so weak.

To Protect Weak Teeth

On the subject of weak teeth, if you have a tooth with significant damage or missing structure (usually from multiple fillings), you might need a dental crown to restore the missing tooth structure. When there isn’t enough natural structure in your tooth, it becomes very weak and more susceptible to severe damage. Getting a dental crown helps restore the strength that becomes lost with natural tooth structure.

Replace Missing Tooth

If you have a missing tooth, you can replace it using a dental implant and a dental crown attached to it. The dental crown will replace the missing tooth while the dental implant replaces the missing tooth root. Combined, a dental implant and dental crown are the perfect tooth replacement solution.

Improve Smile

The last reason why we might suggest a dental crown is to improve the appearance of your tooth. When porcelain veneers or dental bonding aren’t the best cosmetic dentistry options, we will likely recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns can change the shape of your tooth, hide stains, chips, cracks, and many more flaws. Dental crowns can help you achieve a more aesthetic smile.

Are you in need of a dental crown in St. Augustine? You’re in luck. Dr. Kinsey at Palencia Dental can provide you with a dental crown that looks completely natural. Restore your smile today with our help. Please call us at (904) 474-5444 to schedule an appointment today.