Dental crowns are a dental industry standard to restore the look and function of your teeth. Dental crowns are used to cover dental implants, placed on top of root canals, and put over damaged teeth. Crowns have been a standard of dental care for decades. Here are some pros and cons of dental crowns to consider.
Pro: Less Expensive than Dental Implants
Using a crown on top of a root canal is less expensive than placing a dental implant, which may not be covered by dental insurance. Using a crown over your existing tooth avoids the need to place an implant into your jawline. It can also be used in instances where you don’t have enough healthy jaw bone to place an implant.
Con: Possible Tooth Sensitivity
Because placing a dental crown over an existing tooth maintains the root and nerves, it is possible that you’ll experience hot and cold sensitivity while eating and drinking. It is true that many people have tooth sensitivity anyway. However, since the nerve and root are more exposed under a dental crown than in healthy, natural teeth, you may experience it more frequently or intensely. With a dental implant, you don’t have any nerves left where the implant was placed to feel anything.
Pro: Doesn’t Require Removal of Healthy Portions of Teeth
With many applications of dental crowns, you get to keep the healthy portions of your teeth. It is almost always better to keep your natural teeth wherever possible and limit the use of foreign materials in your mouth. Since you keep your healthy roots, you have less of a chance of your teeth shifting or experience significant degradation of bone material.
Con: Can Chip or Crack
Depending on what material your dental crown is made from, your dental crown might be fragile. Many dental crowns are made from porcelain. This means that the dental crown could chip or crack, especially under pressure from chewing on hard objects like ice. Not all dental materials are as fragile as porcelain.
Pro: Can be Completed in One or Two Visits
In many cases, placing a dental crown can be completed in a single visit. This depends on whether you had a cast of the tooth made, if there was an existing tooth to take a cast of. Even if you need to wait for the dental crown to be created, the process doesn’t take as long as waiting for a dental implant to heal. If you’re looking for a faster solution to restoring the appearance of your teeth, dental crowns and bridges could be a good choice.
Depending on the condition of your mouth, a dental crown might be the best option. If you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns, call Nusblatt Dental at 212-473-2164 to schedule an appointment with our dental team.