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5 Key Signs That It's Time to Get a Dental Crown

Many people try to ignore oral health issues because dental procedures can be scary and costly. But some are necessary to preserve your teeth and to avoid more costly, time-consuming procedures in the future. So how do you know if it's time to visit your dentist to discuss dental crowns? A severe toothache, discoloration of the tooth, receding gums, sensitive teeth, and/or a cracked tooth are the 5 key signs of a problem that might require a dental crown.

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap, typically made out of metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics. It is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth in order to protect it and restore its function. In this article, we will discuss the 5 key signs that indicate you need a dental crown.

Severe Toothaches

For any toothache, it's a good idea for you to make an appointment to see your dentist. A severe toothache is often caused by decay or damage to the tooth, which may leave the root or nerves of the tooth exposed. If this is the case, it may be time to get a dental crown. A dental crown can help to protect the damaged tooth and cover the sensitive areas to relieve the pain.

Tooth with yellowish discoloration

Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration is another sign that you may need a dental crown. Discoloration can be a result of severe tooth decay. If your tooth appears grey, it could be dead and would need to be removed. But if your tooth has only slight discoloration or staining, a filling and dental crown can help save the tooth from further damage and can cover up the discoloration to restore the natural color of your tooth.

Receding Gums

Receding gums is another sign that you a dental crown. Gum recession is when the gum tissue around the tooth starts to pull away from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth. This can happen due to periodontal disease or gum disease, which you can learn more about in this article. Aggressive brushing or teeth grinding can wear down your teeth and gums, causing gum disease. A dental crown can help to protect the tooth from further damage. They can also help restore the appearance of the gum tissue as the gums will close up around the crown.

Sensitive Teeth

Much like receding gums, tooth sensitivities can be a sign of gum disease or other oral health problems. A dental crown can help relive sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Crowns can help to protect teeth from sensitivity triggers and restore the function of your tooth.

Diagram of cracked tooth

Cracked Tooth

If you have a cracked tooth, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. A cracked tooth can lead to pain and other oral health problems if left untreated. If ignored, the tooth could die and will need to be removed. If you see a dentist early, a filling and a dental crown can help to restore the cracked tooth and protect it from any further damage.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, it may be time to visit your dentist and discuss getting a dental crown. ABG Dental offers a variety of restorative dental services including crowns, bridges, veneers, and dental implants. Schedule an appointment today and get your healthy, happy smile back!