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Dental crowns are used frequently by Dr. Kristen Langworthy to fix myriad cosmetic and functional dental problems. Regardless of whether you’re getting crowns for cosmetic or dental reasons, there are certain signs that will tell you it’s time for them. Let’s take a look at three of them.

After a root canal

If you’ve just had a root canal to remove diseased or dead pulp from a tooth, you’ll definitely need a crown to restore the affected tooth to its original functionality and appearance. This is usually done immediately following a root canal.

Large chips/cracks

If your teeth have large chips or cracks in them, you may want to consider a crown. The affected teeth will be ground down to form an abutment, effectively eliminating the cracks. Then, a crown is fitted over the abutment and secured in place by cement. This restores your tooth and eliminates the possibility of an infection spreading through the chips in teeth.

If you grind teeth

If you grind your teeth, you’ll likely need crowns in addition to a mouth guard. The crowns will fix your teeth so they function normally again, while the mouthguard protects the crowns and remaining teeth from further grinding.

While this isn’t a comprehensive list of when you’ll need crowns, it’s a good starting point. If you think you need crowns for other reasons, please call us today at 919-762-3239 to schedule a consultation appointment.