When a tooth is jeopardized due to excessive decay or a crack/break in the enamel, or when needed as the final step to root canal therapy, a dental crown is the best way to save or seal the tooth. A crown is aesthetically pleasing while offering protection and strength for the tooth requiring repair.
Dental crowns serve many purposes with the final result being the same: a restoration that has been made to match surrounding biological teeth in size, shape, and shade. Some of the situations where a crown is the best choice for solution include:
Excessive decay – When a tooth has been repaired previously, additional cavity correction might result in a broken tooth. A dental crown allows the base of the tooth to remain intact, the decay is removed and the remainder of the tooth is covered with a crown.
Broken tooth – When a tooth is compromised due to a crack or break in the dental enamel, correcting the tooth with a crown as soon as possible is the ideal option.
Root canal completion – When the root of the tooth is impacted due to trauma, decay, or infection the tooth will be saved if endodontic therapy is completed. The other option is extracting the tooth. With a root canal, the tooth is accessed using a dental hand piece, the contents of the canals are removed and the opening needs to be sealed – usually with a dental crown.
Another situation when a dental crown is used is to cover a dental implant. When a tooth is lost, a natural restoration is achieved with a dental implant. A titanium post is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Once healing and osseointegration (bone merging with the implant) has completed, the dental implant process is completed by permanently cementing a crown over the implant.
The patient’s ability to eat the foods they love, speak with confidence and smile without embarrassment due to tooth loss is restored when a lost tooth is replaced with a dental crown covering the implant.
A tooth restored with a crown is easy to care for. Floss daily (your dentist will demonstrate the best way to floss around a dental crown), brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and see your dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam.
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