Today I’d like to discuss dental crowns. Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations in dentistry.
A dental crown is a tooth shaped cover or cap that encases the tooth. It restores the size, shape, strength, and functions of a tooth and is used in both children and adults.
There are many reasons that dental crowns are recommended.
Trauma: Whether it’s a fall, sporting accident, or car accident a damaged or broken tooth may need a crown.
Wear: Erosion, clenching and grinding, and acid reflux can all cause damage to the enamel of a tooth. 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 of the tooth is recommended to provide strength as well as seal the nerve from getting any more infection in it.
Cracked tooth: We discussed cracked tooth syndrome just last week! There are multiple reasons that a tooth may crack. Tooth decay, large existing restorations, trauma, and grinding are just a few causes of weakened tooth structures that could lead to tooth cracks.
Cosmetic: Some people just aren’t happy with the shape and color of their teeth. An option for them is to crown or cover their existing tooth giving it a desired shape and 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.
We are here to answer any questions you may have about dental crowns.
Until next time,
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