Tooth Restorations: How Crowns can Help
Sometimes teeth may be too extensively damaged by decay for a standard filling to adequately restore the tooth. More extensive restorations may also be necessary in the case of a tooth that is compromised by facial trauma or needs additional protection following a root canal. A dental crown may be an appropriate treatment in all of these situations.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed atop a biological tooth. It can be made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal alone or composite materials. When cared for properly, a crown can stay in place for many years.
Your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown by removing any decayed or damaged tooth material. It is essential to clear any bacteria from the tooth so that they do not get trapped under the crown and cause ongoing problems. Your dentist will also inspect your tooth for signs of active gum disease, which should also be treated before moving forward with crown placement.
A thin layer of enamel will be removed in order to make room for the crown, which will be bonded to the tooth using strong dental cement. Every effort will be made to match the crown to the shade and shape of your existing teeth so that the crown doesn’t stand out as notably artificial.
Patients will need to take care to maintain dental crowns so that they reduce the risk of oral diseases that can create a need for the crown in the first place. You will receive extensive instructions on maintaining your dental crowns at home. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about this aspect of your care.
Dental crowns can help patients save biological teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted due to large areas of decay or damage from other causes. Would you benefit from a dental crown in such a case? We encourage you to come to our office for an evaluation and see if a dental crown would be a good fit for you. Call us today to set up your appointment!