If your dentist tells you that you need a crown the first question you probably will ask is why, followed by how long you can wait. Here are the most common reasons you might need a crown:
- You have a weak tooth due to fracture or decay and a crown will help make it stronger.
- A crown will improve the appearance of your teeth.
- You have a tooth that was previously restored but now has chipped or will be falling off and needs to be replaced with a crown, which is more permanent.
As far as how long you can wait, you’ll want to discuss this with your dentist. However, as with almost every procedure that your dentist recommends, waiting long is not the best idea. Waiting simply means that the situation will continue to deteriorate until it is fixed, and at times more time in the dentist chair and additional cost.
If you need a crown you’ll want to make sure you have a good restorative dentist who will care about both the aesthetics and fit of your crown. Having the crown fit properly, sealed flawlessly, with an accurate bite are all factors that will ensure that the crown lasts a very long time.