Dental crowns have come a long way in the many years they’ve been a part of restorative dental treatment. For example, the materials that they’re often made from today can mimic your healthy, natural tooth structure so closely as to remain almost indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. Dental crowns can also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from partial crowns that restore a part of your tooth to full crowns that restore and improve all of your tooth’s visible structure. Today, we examine how a modern dental crown can give your tooth new life when it faces a variety of different types of concerns.
1. It stops a fracture or break from getting worse
A tooth fracturing or breaking may not always be obvious at first, unless it causes significant discomfort. However, if it isn’t addressed promptly, it likely will get worse over time, making the tooth hurt and potentially causing the need for more extensive dental treatment, such as tooth extraction. By placing a custom dental crown over the tooth, or over its damaged portion, we can help you stop the damage from getting worse and preserve the rest of your tooth’s healthy, natural structure.
2. It protects your tooth after root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is designed to address severe levels of tooth decay that involve an infection in your tooth’s inner pulp chamber. The nerves and tissues in this chamber also travel through your tooth’s root, and an infection can cause severe trouble for your tooth and oral health. Root canal treatment can often help save teeth that are severely infected, and involves removing the tissues and infected tooth structure from these inner chambers. However, this may also leave the tooth weaker, and placing a dental crown over it could be necessary to completely restore its health and integrity.
3. It improves the tooth’s severe cosmetic blemishes
Dental crowns that are crafted from lifelike materials such as porcelain are designed specifically to mimic the appearance of healthy, natural tooth structure. That includes the color and shade of your healthy teeth, as well as their ability to reflect light. This natural appearance can often make a custom dental crown an appropriate solution for improving a tooth that’s cosmetically blemished and can’t be improved with more conservative treatment. For example, if the tooth is substantially discolored, misshapen, or more, a lifelike dental crown can be an effective way to improve its appearance.
Find out if a dental crown can give your tooth new life
By restoring your tooth’s strength and integrity, while also improving its healthy appearance, a custom dental crown can give your tooth new life in several different ways. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Dr. Stuart Dexter in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-362-8200.