What is a dental crown and how can it help restore your smile? Many of our patients with cavities know what a filling is and how it can help restore a tooth. Did you know that a crown is also used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged? A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but can dramatically improve its appearance and shape. A crown is essentially a cap for your teeth and is designed to cover and protect a damaged tooth much like an umbrella protects your head from the elements. Crowns are one of our common dental treatments for patients because of how strong and sturdy they are to provide strength to weak teeth. Learn more about our crown treatment and see if a crown can benefit you today!
All About Dental Crowns
What can you do when an accident or sports injury has left you with damaged teeth? You can invest in a dental crown! A crown is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged. It can also take the place of a natural tooth after extensive dental work has been done. A crown is commonly referred to as a cap. We call it a cap because it acts much like a cap does for a head, only for a tooth. A crown completely covers a damaged tooth and not only strengthens the tooth, but can improve your tooth’s shape, appearance and alignment.
Why Do You Need A Dental Crown?
A crown is a way to restore your smile after it has been damaged from injury, a sports accident or oral health problems such as tooth decay. A dental crown can be given to:
- Replace a large filling to preserve what’s left of your tooth structure
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover and protect a tooth after a root-canal treatment
It is very common to receive a crown for any of these reasons. One of the most common reasons is to protect a tooth after a root canal treatment.
A root canal is considered an endodontic treatment. This means it is a procedure that involves working with the soft tissues inside the tooth. When a root canal is done, the endodontist or dentist works to clean out all the decay the inner pulp of the tooth has sustained from bacteria. When tooth decay has become severe in a tooth, the tooth needs to be cleaned all the way to the root in the tooth canals. This is why this procedure is called a root canal. According to the American Association of Endodontists, there are about 22.3 million endodontic procedures each year. 15.2 million of these procedures are done by dentists and the rest are done by endodontists. If you receive endodontic treatment, it is generally in the form of a root canal.
Root canal treatment is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to pulp, as we mentioned. We also perform this service if a deep restoration or trauma to the tooth has caused nerve damage. We treat the tooth root and then cover the tooth with a crown, as the tooth cannot heal and strengthen again on its own.
Put a Crown On It!
A crown will add strength to your smile, and especially to the damaged tooth. A single crown is the most common tooth restoration procedure according to the American College of Prosthodontists. An estimated 2.3 million implant crowns are made each year for patients, so it’s a common treatment. At Niles Family Dentistry, we will make a custom crown to fit your natural tooth. This crown will blend in with the rest of your teeth so that it is not even noticeable. This crown will also allow you to eat, chew, bite, and perform any normal function with your teeth without worrying that your tooth will incur further damage.
There is another form of crown that generally follows the placement of a dental implant. This is for patients who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, accident or periodontal disease (gum disease). A metal post is placed in the jaw in place of the missing tooth. This is a dental implant procedure. Once the area with the metal post has healed, you will receive a crown, which acts as a replacement tooth. This crown will last 10-20 years with proper care. The great part about a dental crown is that it can stand on it’s own; it doesn’t need support from any other teeth to stay intact (like a bridge does).
Restore Your Smile
If you have lost a tooth and need a replacement tooth, a dental crown may be perfect for you! For dental work such as a root canal, a crown can cover damaged teeth and restore your smile in just one office visit. You can restore your smile today with either of these dental crowns. To bring your smile back to perfection today, call our Niles Family Dentistry office at (303) 652-0400 today!