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A Crown Fit for a King (or Queen)

May 6, 2015

Dental Crowns are one of the most recommended restorations that people need on their teeth. Crowns, even with dental insurance, can be costly and require a fair amount of time in a dental chair. At Lima Dental Associates, we strive to educate our patients about every option available to them.

So, what is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth shaped cover or cap that encases the tooth. dreamstime_xs_35273941chair. It restores the size, shape, strength, and functions of a tooth and is used in both children and adults.

Reasons a crown are suggested include:

Trauma: whether it’s a fall, sporting accident, or car accident a damaged or broken tooth may need a crown.

Wear: do you grind your teeth? What about acid reflux? Teeth can erode or wear away. Causes often include grinding or erosion from acid reflux. In many cases, a crown is the only solution to repairing the strength, shape, and function of the tooth.

Large fillings: When a tooth has more filling than tooth remaining a crown is recommended to prevent larger fractures or even loss of the tooth.

Root canal: Teeth become brittle after root canals have been performed because the nerve has been removed and the tooth no longer has a blood supply. A crown over the top the tooth is recommended to provide strength as well as seal the nerve from getting any more infection in it

Cracked tooth: Teeth have to last a lifetime and due to normal wear and tear they can crack. This can lead to a tooth breaking. Rather than risk losing the entire tooth we recommend a crown.

Cosmetic: Some people just aren’t happy with the shape and/ or color of their teeth. An option for them is to crown or cover their existing tooth giving it a desired shape and/or color.

Implants: A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. The root is the part of the tooth you do not see and is below the gum line. A crown may be placed on the implant to provide you with a new tooth. This has become a very popular way to replace missing teeth.

Is it wise to wait?
One of three things could happen by waiting to get a recommended crown
• Nothing will happen
• Waiting could lead to the need for a root canal
• The tooth will break beyond repair

Talk to your dentist today and find the treatment that is right for you!

As always,
Keep smiling, sharing, and caring

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