Dental crowns are one of the most flexible dental restorations. They can be used in many situations to restore the health, beauty, and function of a tooth. Here are some of the most common situations where we call on crowns to do the job.
Extensive Decay or Erosion
One of the most common reasons why dental crowns are used is when a tooth has extensive decay. “Extensive” decay is defined as any situation where the tooth is substantially weakened by decay. This can also include situations where the tooth has been previously restored with dental fillings, but the filling either came out or started to develop decay under them.
A dental crown can prevent weakened teeth from cracking, which can save them from extraction.
Tooth decay attacks the teeth in certain places where oral bacteria accumulate. Tooth erosion occurs when your mouth is flooded in acid, and can damage the entire surface of a tooth. Common causes of tooth erosion are acidic drinks like soda, sports drinks, or energy drinks, and stomach acid associated with GERD.
Because a dental crown can cover the entire surface of a tooth, it’s ideal for restoring teeth and protecting against future erosion.
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Teeth can crack under pressure. This can occur if you bite down on something hard, experience tooth trauma, or have a tooth that is weakened by decay or erosion. Dental crowns work when the tooth crack is confined to the upper portion of the tooth, but if the crack extends into the tooth root, we may have to extract the tooth.
If a crack penetrates into the pulp chamber, root canal therapy may be recommended.
Protect a Tooth after Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is performed to remove infected tooth pulp–or pulp that’s at risk of becoming infected. Once the pulp has been removed, the tooth is filled with a cushioning material. But the tooth now needs to be protected. In most cases, a dental crown is the perfect restoration for protecting the tooth.
Topping a Dental Implant
Dental implant refers just to the artificial root that bonds to your jawbone. The visible portion of the restoration is a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. For a single tooth replacement, a dental crown gives a beautiful, functional, and durable restoration.
Building Up a Small Tooth
If you have a small tooth, such as a retained baby tooth or peg lateral, you may be unhappy with the way it looks. Normally, we’ll use porcelain veneers to build up these small teeth, but sometimes a dental crown makes more sense–it can give more structural support.
Instant orthodontics works by reshaping your teeth rather than moving them. Most of the time, porcelain veneers are the restoration of choice to do the reshaping. But if we need to reshape the tooth in such a way that requires a sturdier restoration, dental implants might be used as well.
Rebuilding Your Bite
Another time we might use dental crowns is if we’re trying to restore your bite for TMJ treatment. We will first use a bite splint to properly position your jaw. You’ll wear the bite splint for a while to make sure we’ve got the position right. But once we’ve confirmed the position, you might want to get the same results without wearing your splint.
We can do this by building up your teeth, and dental crowns are the right restoration for this job because they can handle the bite pressures.
Is a Dental Crown Right for You?
These are just a few examples of the many uses for dental crowns. Do you think you might need a dental crown in the Woodlands, TX? Please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry.