It is important to listen to your dentist when they say that you need a dental crown. Dental crowns are used not only for cosmetic reasons but also for reconstructive and even preventative care. They are a great asset to help prolong and enhance the life of your teeth. Not having one could be detrimental to your oral health, as well as your general health. Whatever the reason is for hesitating to get this procedure done, just remember that there could be painful consequences for not listening to your dentist. Your dentist only has your best interest in mind.
Why would someone need a dental crown?
There are a few reasons a person might need a crown: to restore a broken or severely worn-down tooth, to keep a dental bridge in place, to protect a dental implant or even to make a cosmetic modification. A dentist might also recommend a crown following a root canal.
What happens if someone does not get a dental crown?
Because crowns are used to treat different issues, the consequences of choosing not to have a dental crown vary widely.
Protection and restoration
If the crown has been suggested as support or protection for a restoration of a broken, severely worn-down, or largely decayed tooth, refusing to have the crown puts the entire restoration in jeopardy. Crowns can be used to protect a weaker tooth from completely breaking apart or even to hold the parts of a cracked tooth together. They can also provide essential support for a tooth with a large filling. Without the help of a crown in these situations, the patient could end up losing that whole tooth, resulting in the need for further and more extensive dental repairs.
Implants and partials
If the purpose of the crown is to serve as an anchor for a partial, bridge or other prosthodontic, the choice to not get a dental crown will likely negate the entire prosthodontic procedure. If the crown is to cap an implant, the result would be the same. Crowns are essential components of implant, partial and bridge treatments.
Dental crowns can also be used to treat cosmetic concerns. These could include covering misshaped or discolored teeth. In this case, the choice to not get the dental crown would have the least physical impact, but probably the greatest impact on self-image. A smile is one of the first things people notice about someone, so why not treat it right and get that crown?
Your oral health should be one of your top priorities. This does not mean you should hold off on visiting your dentist until something is wrong or think that a cosmetic issue is not a real concern. You deserve to live life confidently, and one of the best ways to do so is with a healthy, happy and beautiful smile. Contact us today so you can get back to being you.
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