Dental crowns can provide a good solution for a wide variety of different dental problems. If you're having a dental issue, you should explore the situations in which dental crowns are appropriate to see if this is the best solution for you.

The following are six situations in which dental crowns can provide an appropriate solution to a dental problem:

A patient's tooth is chipped.

Chips in teeth will weaken teeth. A dental crown is a simple way to fortify a chipped tooth. Crowns can also make weak teeth stronger so that they will be less prone to chipping. It's important to protect weakened teeth from chips because chips leave teeth more likely to become infected and develop cavities. Crowns are therefore great ways to prevent dental problems from worsening for those with weakened teeth.

There are cosmetic issues in a patient's tooth or teeth.

Dental crowns can help in situations where flaws in a tooth are detracting from the appearance of a patient's smile. Crowns can cover imperfections and also help to hold a dental bridge in place to replace missing teeth. 

A patient is undergoing a root canal.

One of the most common situations in which a dental crown is appropriate is when a patient is undergoing a root canal. Crowns are important in a root canal situation because root canal treatment involves draining out the infected portion of the tooth and covering it afterward.

Dental crowns can temporarily protect nerves and minimize the need for anesthesia.

Sometimes, dental crowns are used to protect a patient from pain. If a tooth is damaged, it can be highly sensitive and create a need for general anesthesia during regular dental treatments. Dental crowns can help to prevent pain in nerves on damaged teeth. 

A patient has a tooth that is cracked.

A cracked tooth needs to be repaired quickly to prevent pain and to make it so that the damage does not spread. A dentist may evaluate a crack and determine that a crown is the best possible way to remedy the situation and to protect the nerves. 

There are many cavities in a patient's tooth.

At a certain point, it's no longer viable to continue dealing with a cavity-ridden tooth with fillings. Dental crowns can be effective for covering over half of a tooth's width. This is more effective than any filling. Therefore, dentists will often recommend crowns for a tooth with a lot of cavities.