When could my tooth need a crown (cap)?
The outside of each tooth is made of enamel, which is extremely hard. Although teeth are strong a crown may be recommended if there is:
1. Substantial Chips or broken teeth/fillings due to a fall or some other types of trauma.
2. Deep tooth decay may also severely weaken a tooth, with a high risk that the tooth may fall apart.
3. Root canal treatment, where the pulp of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels is removed, can also weaken a tooth.
4. Large fillings can often reduce a tooth’s strength as shown below and eventually the tooth may break.
5. Severe tooth wear over time can dramatically reduce the size of a tooth and even expose the nerve.
6. Cosmetic needs may also be treated with crowns, improving tooth strength, function and will often enhance the overall health and appearance of your mouth.
7. Sometimes crooked teeth can be improved with crowns if orthodontic treatment such as braces/Invisalign or porcelain veneers are not suitable.