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The Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns

November 3, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Daniel D. Surh

If you have a tooth that is severely decayed or fractured, it can be painful to chew and uncomfortable to smile. A porcelain crown is an excellent solution to restore your tooth function while maintaining the aesthetics of your smile. But like any dental treatment, getting a crown has pros and cons. Here's what you should know.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Tooth crowns are typically made of durable ceramic porcelain that is custom shaded to match your neighboring teeth, so it blends flawlessly with your smile. A crown completely covers your remaining healthy tooth structure and protects your root's integrity.

With your new tooth, you'll be able to eat and chew easily, smile confidently, and brush and floss just as you were used to before your tooth became decayed or damaged.

The Pros of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer several advantages that are ideal for these situations:

  • To repair a cracked or fractured tooth
  • To cover cosmetic imperfections like discoloration
  • To strengthen a tooth that's had a root canal
  • As a restoration for a single dental implant
  • To replace a large broken down restoration like a filling

Tooth crowns are also very durable and can potentially last for 12 to 15 years with excellent care.

The Cons of Dental Crowns

As with any procedure, dental crowns do have their disadvantages, such as:

  • It can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity
  • Your dentist must reshape your remaining tooth structure to fit your crown properly
  • It can crack and fracture like a natural tooth

Dr. Surh will check your crown during your routine dental checkup every six months to ensure it remains healthy and functioning correctly. 

Need More Information About Dental Crowns in Chico, CA?

Contact South Chico Dental Care at (530) 636-4943, and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

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