This depends on why you need a crown. If you’re just getting a crown for cosmetic reasons, like to cover up a misshapen or deeply-stained tooth, nothing bad will happen. Your tooth will just look the same.
But if your dentist recommends a crown because your tooth is damaged or severely decayed, you definitely need to follow this recommendation. If you don’t get a crown, negative consequences will likely occur.
If your tooth has a large cavity or is broken, it will likely become infected. When oral bacteria eat through the outer layers of the tooth, they will get inside the pulp that keeps your tooth alive. This pulp is filled with nerves, so this will cause a very painful toothache.
Once the tooth is infected, the only way to treat it is to perform a root canal. This involves opening up the tooth and removing the decayed material from the inside, and it’s more expensive than just getting a dental crown.
And if you continue to delay dental treatment even after your tooth becomes infected, it’s entirely possible that the tooth will die completely and fall out of your mouth, or require tooth extraction.
For all of these reasons, always listen to your dentist if they say you need a dental crown to protect your tooth. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and getting a crown right away will help you save time and money, prevent further complications, and avoid the pain and discomfort of a toothache.