Am I a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY encourage patients to consider the benefits of restorative dentistry, which include benefits far beyond saving just one tooth. For instance, dental crowns offer cosmetic benefits in addition to restorative ones, and it is important to ask if you are a candidate for dental crowns.
What makes someone a good candidate for dental crowns? The answer to that must take into consideration why people typically obtain dental crowns. They are used for:
- Patients who need a very large dental filling – The removal of the material of the tooth can weaken it to the point of fracture. A crown simply replaces the entire upper portion, eliminating such risks.
- Patients who have just had a root canal – Because decay is extensive and deep in teeth treated with a root canal, it often means that the crown is removed. The use of dental crowns is important as it protects the natural tooth and ensures the best results.
- Patients who have dental implants – The proverbial “part one” of an implant is the surgical implantation of the artificial “root.” This is followed up by “part two” weeks later, which is the placement of a dental crown that now serves as a perfect substitute for the original tooth.
- Patients who are replacing old, amalgam fillings – The old “metal” fillings required a lot of the tooth to be removed. They also compress and tend to weaken the tooth over time. When you have a metal filling replaced, it is quite common to require a crown due to the wear of the original tooth.
Considering the question from this perspective, it is possible to say that almost everyone is a good candidate for dental crowns. It is important to keep in mind that you will have to maintain a crown in many of the same ways you did the original tooth. Regular cleanings and checkups are important, daily brushing and flossing are essential, and as your dentist in Staten Island, we suggest you also give up habits that might stain surrounding teeth, making your crowns seem whiter than the other teeth.
If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for dental crowns, or you have questions about other treatments available, give us a call at our Staten Island, NY office at 718-984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.