What do the following people have in common?
Bill has tooth decay.
Jill has a chipped tooth as a result of a spill she took while riding her mountain bike.
Gil needs a root canal procedure.
All three of these patients may need a dental crown as part of their treatment.
Dental crowns are an effective way to restore your smile, and they provide the same function as a natural tooth.
The dentists at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio use dental crowns frequently to prevent our patients’ problems from getting worse.
What Is A Dental Crown?
To put it simply, dental crowns are replacements for problematic teeth. The parts of your teeth that you can see poking through your gums are called crowns. A dental crown is meant to take the place of a missing or damaged natural crown.
Modern dental crowns are made with materials that look like real teeth and work in the same way. In fact, there is a good chance that you know or have met someone with a dental crown. You may not realize it unless they have told you.
Modern crowns are designed to blend in with the rest of your smile and to provide you with the ability to continue eating the foods that your love.
How Do Dentists Use Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are used to fix a number of problems. Here are a few examples:
► Broken And Chipped Teeth
In one of our examples above, we mentioned a fictitious patient who fell while riding a bike. This is just one way someone could lose part of a tooth.
You could get hit the mouth. You could walk into something. You could bite into something, like a piece of hard candy, that causes part of your tooth to break.
A dental crown can be placed over your tooth so it looks whole once again.
► Cracked Teeth
Biting down on that hard piece of candy may not cause your tooth to chip, but it may cause your tooth to crack. This can make your tooth too weak to function correctly.
You tooth may become too sensitive to bite or chew food, which can lead to other problems. If you avoid chewing or biting with this tooth, then your other teeth may be working harder to compensate.
Instead of working around this problem, fix it with a dental crown.
► Decayed Teeth
Tooth decay may be another reason your tooth feels weak. Decay also can make your tooth appear ugly and discolored.
This is bad for your oral health, and it’s not a good look for your smile. A dental crown can correct both of those problems at the same time.
► Infected Teeth
We also mentioned dental crowns as part of the procedure for a root canal. If the inside of your tooth becomes infected, the dentist needs to make an opening to access the pulp at the center of your tooth.
After the pulp is removed, the inside of your tooth is cleaned, sanitized and filled with a special material. A dental crown is often the most effective way to cap your tooth after your root canal is finished.
► Missing Teeth
Crowns can be used to replace missing teeth in a couple ways.
The first is as part of a dental bridge. A dental bridge is composed of crowns that have been bonded together. The crowns on either end of the bridge provide support and hold the bridge in place.
Dental crowns can also be used along with at dental implant to replace a single missing tooth. An implant will replace the root of your missing or lost tooth.
A dental crown can be placed on the abutment at the end of the implant. This provides you with an artificial tooth that looks, feels, and works like your remaining natural teeth.
How Do You Get A Dental Crown?
In most cases, the dentist will start by examining your damaged, decayed, or discolored tooth. If a crown is needed, we will make an impression to be sent to a laboratory. They will design your crown so that it fits the space that it needs to fill.
Your dentist will reshape your tooth into an abutment. This will preserve the healthy parts of your tooth, and it serves as the foundation to place your crown.
During your initial visit, we will place a temporary crown to fill the space in your smile. You will return to our office when your permanent crown is ready. At this point, we will bond it to your tooth, giving you a strong and stable tooth replacement.
If you live in or near San Antonio, the dentists at Advanced Dental Associates would be happy to discuss if a dental crown could help you. Call 210-819-5233 or fill out our online form to plan your visit.
We look forward to hearing from and helping you.