What is a dental crown and why do I need one?
A crown covers the entire part of your tooth that is in your mouth. A crown is designed to transfer the chewing and biting forces to the roots of your tooth and to protect your tooth from breaking.
They are usually necessary when something has undermined the overall structure of your tooth. While it isn't clear cut in all situations a crown is indicated when a filling, a cavity, a root canal or trauma has led to the loss of more than 2/3rds of the structure of your tooth.
A crown may be necessary to protect the cusps to protect and prevent the loss of your tooth. Part of our detailed examination will assess whether a crown is necessary taking into account many factors including your bite, where the tooth is in your mouth, the dental history of the tooth and most importantly the current conditions of the tooth.