What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns?

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a ceramic or porcelain-based false tooth that replaces an original tooth that has been immensely damaged or decayed. They can be designed to match the same shape and colour as your natural teeth. 

There are pros and cons to getting a dental crown you should consider before getting the procedure, the following article will detail the dental crown advantages and disadvantages. 

Advantages of Dental Crown

A dental crown can be used to improve your oral health and cover a number of cosmetic flaws in your tooth. The advantages of a dental crown are that it can:

  • Hold cracked or damaged teeth together
  • Replace large or worn out fillings
  • Restore fractured or cracked teeth
  • Restore dental implants
  • Improve the appearance of your teeth (discoloration and mild alignment issues)
  • Reshape your teeth
  • Protect teeth after a root canal

Another significant advantage is that crowns are durable and strong, so they last a long time. Most people can go 5-15 years before needing further work done.

Disadvantages of Dental Crown

While there are clear benefits to dental crowns, the risks and disadvantages are also important to consider. These disadvantages include:

  • Can be more expensive than other restorations
  • Needing to file the tooth by 1-2mm based on material requirements
  • May cause some patients to experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures 
  • Some crowns can crack over time depending on the material used and wear and tear
  • Poorly fitted crowns can become loose and fall out 
  • Can be more expensive than other restorations

Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of Dental Crowns

For each patient, the pros and cons of a dental crown should be considered in order to ensure the best possible procedure and results. It is important to consider your budget, purpose of the procedure and desired outcome in order to decide the appropriate course of action. 

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a consultation with our dentists at Maryborough Dental can help you decide on the right treatment option for you. Contact us at (07) 4122 2110 to book your appointment today.