For anyone who has chipped or cracked a tooth, feeling self-conscious about your smile is always a possibility. Aside from the damage done to the tooth, the tooth itself may otherwise be totally healthy, and so a dentist may be reluctant to perform an extraction of the tooth. A dental crown could be the answer, helping to conceal the damage, while preserving the structure and health of the underlying tooth.
Dental crowns are porcelain caps that a dentist places over the affected tooth. Prior to fitting, the dentist will remove a small quantity of the tooth’s enamel, before taking an impression of the tooth, which will be used to fashion the artificial tooth.
Dental crowns can be used to conceal damage to a tooth in order to hold it in place without jeopardizing the health of the tooth. Crowns can also be used to conceal unsightly fillings, such as those used in root canal treatment, as well as helping to protect the filling from damage. Dental crowns can even be matched to the natural shade of the patient’s other teeth, helping to deliver a natural aesthetic finish.
Dental crowns can be used to conceal damage to a tooth in order to hold it in place without jeopardizing the health of the tooth.
Multiple fillings in a single tooth can affect the integrity and strength of the tooth, and so a dentist may feel further fillings in the tooth may not be worthwhile and recommend a dental crown instead.
Once a dental crown is placed, it can potentially last a lifetime with proper after-care. Regular dentist check-ups, coupled with a good dental hygiene regime should hold the dental crown in place for many years. Being cautious of sticky or hard foods is always advised to avoid damage of the crown.
If you are suffering from a chipped or cracked tooth and would like to know if a crown can benefit your smile, contact the Grand Prairie office of The Dental Place today to schedule a consultation.