Cracks or cavities in your teeth do more than simply affect their appearance. These issues can also affect your oral health, leading to significant issues that require invasive, expensive treatments. At Fern Creek Dentistry, we can help to restore a damaged tooth, preventing serious harm, with a dental crown.
What Does a Crown Do?
A crown is a restoration meant to restore a tooth that has been affected by damage or decay or is otherwise at risk for serious harm. It is often called a cap, as it resembles one in its appearance. The crown is made to fit over the entire crown of your natural tooth. It works to preserve the tooth, protecting it and giving it the strength it needs to continue functioning as normal.
What Type of Crown Do I Need?
When getting a crown, you will have a few different options as far as what the restoration is made from. Metal crowns are made entirely of metal. Different types of metals may be used. The biggest issue with these crowns is that they are gold or silver, meaning that they are highly visible. However, they are very strong. They are typically recommended for treating back teeth as chewing forces are greater.
Another popular option is porcelain crowns. These crowns are not as strong as metal and can fracture under too much pressure. However, they look exactly like your real teeth, providing the most natural appearance. These crowns are ideal for treating front teeth.
What Could Happen if I Put Off Treatment?
Putting off treatment of a damaged tooth can have serious consequences. While nothing may happen, your risk of further damage increases. This could then lead to an infection, which would require a root canal. The tooth could also split or even shatter, which would mean you would need a tooth extraction.
Do I Have Other Options?
Crowns are a common treatment for compromised teeth. They can treat teeth that have been cracked or chipped, and they can also treat teeth that have been affected by decay. In instances of decay, you may have other options. One option is a dental filling. However, if the amount of decay is too large, the filling could put the tooth at risk for more serious harm.
For decay affecting the cusps of your molars, you may also be able to have an onlay, or partial crown, placed. Both fillings and onlays are less invasive, as they require less of your natural tooth structure to be removed. However, in cases of significant decay, your only restorative option may be a crown.
If the damage or decay is too severe, even a crown may not be possible. You may not have enough actual natural structure remaining, which means that there is little to no support for the crown. In these instances, the best solution may be to extract the tooth and then replace it with a treatment such as a bridge or dental implant.
When tooth damage occurs, it is best to address it as soon as possible, rather than putting off treatment. For more information, and to find out if you need a crown, contact Fern Creek Dentistry at (704) 380-9555 today.