After a lot of tooth structure has been lost, your choices are limited. You could try a filling, you could have the tooth extracted, or you could choose to put a crown on the tooth.
Why A Crown?
A filling may be an alternative, but there has to be enough tooth structure to hold the filling in place. If not, biting forces can cause the tooth to break. After a tooth breaks it often requires much more extensive treatment. Sometimes, even extraction.
An extraction would only be a short term solution, because teeth need each other for support. A missing tooth sets off a chain reaction of shifting teeth, receding jawbone, increasing risk for decay and gum disease, and other dental problems.
If you choose to delay treatment, the tooth may break and require extraction, or bacteria can get into the pulp of the tooth causing pain and requiring root canal therapy.
A crown seals out plaque and bacteria, covers and protects the tooth, and restores its strength and shape. That’s why we recommend a crown to help keep your tooth and smile healthy.
Dr. Erramouspe – Rock Springs Wyoming Dentist