When is a Dental Crown Needed?

September 2, 2020
Dr. Katherine Nicholson

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a variety of dental implants including dental crowns. Even though crown restorations are one of the most common procedures that dentists perform, they are not often understood. Additionally, a dental crown restoration is not complex, it’s actually a straight-forward, minimally invasive procedure.

The Procedure:

A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic restoration placed over an affected tooth to restore its shape, functionality and natural aesthetics. You can think about it like a tooth “cap.” We like to tell our patients that “it gives a weak tooth its strength back.”

The crown is permanently cemented over the damaged tooth. Occasionally, the crown reaches down to the root, but generally, it’s affixed just above the gumline like a custom made “cap.” Once in place, it fully covers and protects the original tooth.


A Dental Crown is Needed:

when a tooth has become chipped, cracked or broken, a crown can hold it together. to protect a worn-down tooth from being further damaged.

to support and protect a weak tooth damaged by decay.

to hold a dental bridge in place.

to cover a large cavity that’s too big for a filling.

to cover teeth that are misshapen or discolored.

following a root canal because of the tooth’s fragility and need for protection.

to cover a dental implant. to improve the overall appearance of a tooth’s shape or color.


Benefits of Dental Crowns:

Dental crowns can be both medically and cosmetically beneficial. This restoration procedure offers better protection to weak, missing or affected teeth. It can also alleviate pain associated with those damaged teeth. Once a crown is in place, it serves as a fully-functioning tooth-cap and the patient is able to eat, chew, talk, and return to life as normal without any discomfort. A patient can also rest-easy knowing that the tooth below is now fully protected from any future damage or wear.

Additionally, the crown restores structural support to the mouth and jawline. Let’s say a tooth decays, that leaves a gap in the mouth which can lead to tooth decay and other problems. A dental crown procedure can restore the structural integrity of your mouth and jawline, helping your overall appearance as well.

Dental crowns are cosmetically beneficial as they can be custom made to match the original shape and natural color of your adjacent teeth. They are almost unrecognizable because of their custom nature. This gives patients an overall feeling of confidence and pride when they can share your natural smile. It can be a great alternative to dentures or a bridge.

Studies also show that using dental crowns as a treatment has a very high success rate compared to other dental restoration methods. Additionally, our patients are consistently very happy with the durability and cosmetic appearance of dental crowns.


With a lifespan of fifteen years or more, dental crowns can last the longest of most dental restorations because they are made of high quality, durable materials, like porcelain.


The cost for a crown varies depending on the material selected, and the size of the tooth. Materials can include ceramic, porcelain, gold or resin. At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer the highest-quality custom dental crowns to bring back your natural smile. Dr. Nicholson will discuss the types of crowns available and most appropriate for your dental needs. Give us a call, and one of our friendly team members will be glad to schedule an appointment, or answer any questions that you may have.


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