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Dental crowns are one of the most popular ways to make your smile look great again, in addition to restoring any damage suffered from tooth decay or similar issues. However, knowing when you need crowns isn’t as easy as you may think.

Let’s look at some advice from Dr. on when you’ll need crowns and in what instances they can help.

After a root canal
If you’ve just had a root canal to remove diseased or dead pulp from a tooth, you’ll definitely need a crown to restore the affected tooth to its original functionality and appearance. This is usually done immediately following a root canal.

Large chips/cracks
If your teeth have large chips or cracks in them, you may want to consider a crown. The affected teeth will be ground down to form an abutment, effectively eliminating the cracks. Then, a crown is fitted over the abutment and secured in place by cement. This restores your tooth and eliminates the possibility of an infection spreading through the chips in teeth.

If you grind teeth
If you grind your teeth, you’ll likely need crowns in addition to a mouth guard. The crowns will fix your teeth so they function normally again, while the mouthguard protects the crowns and remaining teeth from further grinding.