A dental crown is a very efficient treatment procedure used to restore a damaged tooth, and it has additional benefits when compared with other alternative dental procedures. However, there are also some drawbacks that come with dental crowns that should be considered to make the best treatment decision for each patient. This article will highlight the main advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns.
Benefits Of Getting Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are an effective solution to a range of dental issues. These include:
- Supports a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay
- Protect a tooth that has worn away from being damaged more
- Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Keep in position a severely cracked or broken tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Enhance the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or color
Dental crowns are a good permanent option since they are long-lasting and usually last more than 10 years, which guarantees patient satisfaction with the treatment.
Treatment with dental crowns has a high success rate when compared to other dental restoration procedures. This has been supported by various scientific studies which researched their use.
Downsides of Dental Crowns
However, there are also some drawbacks of getting dental crowns, for instance, the need to file the tooth into the right shape before the crown can be fitted. This is often extensive and cannot be undone.
Some patients may experience distress shortly after getting dental crowns, particularly sensitivity to hot or cold. Using a toothpaste intended for sensitive teeth when brushing can help to minimize this discomfort. Another issue is pain or sensitivity when biting down, which is most often caused by the crown being too high and blocking the teeth on the opposite jaw. Luckily, this can easily be remedied by adjusting the height of the crown.
Crowns may sometimes become fragmented, especially those made of porcelain. It is possible to repair small chips without removing the crown, while larger or multiple breaks in the crown may need a full replacement.
In some patients, the dental cement used to hold the crown in place may wash away. This can result in the crown becoming unattached and lead to bacteria entering underneath the tooth, leading to tooth decay. Occasionally the crown may completely fall off, usually due to the improper fit of the crown or the use of insufficient dental cement to hold the crown in place, requiring refitting or replacement of the crown.
In some cases, an allergic reaction may occur to porcelain or one of the metals used to form the crown although this is very rare.
Another disadvantage is that dental crowns tend to be more expensive than other direct tooth restorations, which some patient may find to be a hindrance. The cost depends on the material of the crown (porcelain crowns tend to be more expensive than gold crowns, for example) and may range from $800 to $1500 per crown.
Comparing The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Crowns
The risks and advantages of a dental crown should be factored in for each patient to ensure that the best recommendation and procedure is followed for every individual.
As an example, a bridge with crowns is tougher than removable partial dentures when the aim is to restore a missing tooth between healthy adjacent teeth. However, implants are now generally considered to be a better choice than crowns if the funds are available, because they do not affect the healthy adjacent teeth, and there is a lower risk of infection underneath the bridge.
Therefore, if a patient is able to afford a dental implant, this may be the best choice. If they would prefer a long lasting but cheaper option, dental crowns with a bridge may be the best option.
It is important to keep in mind the reason for the procedure and decide the appropriate course of action in the best interests of the patient.
If you have broken or chipped teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr.Manfredi as soon as possible. At Artista Dental Studio, we can quickly restore the function and beauty of your smile in just one office visit. Call us today on (347) 318-5238.