Your Dentist Lists Common Reasons a Dental Crown Is Needed

October 22, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — westendteam @ 9:42 pm

dental crownsTeeth are incredibly durable, but they’re not invincible. Thanks to accidents or everyday wear and tear, your teeth might get worn or damaged. Dental crowns are a great way to give strength back to teeth and help them to once again function as a healthy part of your mouth. What are some common reasons why a dentist in Beaumont may need to install a dental crown?

A Large Cavity

Cavities occur when plaque and acid eat away at a tooth’s enamel and dentin, resulting in a permanent hole. In many cases, the hole is small enough that a dentist can repair it with a filling. However, if the cavity is large enough, a filling by itself won’t be able to fully repair the tooth. That’s because the remaining part of the natural tooth becomes so weak that it is more likely to fracture.

If you have a large cavity, your dentist will first fill it with either resin or amalgam (a type of metal). After the filling is in place, you’ll receive a crown to cover the entire part of the tooth that is above the gum line.

Root Canal

A root canal might become necessary when the interior part of a tooth, the pulp, becomes badly infected or damaged. A dentist cleans out the pulp using specialized tools and removes the nerve in the tooth’s root.

A crown is usually necessary after a root canal because the procedure weakens the tooth, causing it to need the protection of a sturdy porcelain or metal cap. If a root canal is relatively minor procedure, a dentist might be able to restore the tooth’s strength with only a filling and no crown.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

In cracked tooth syndrome, there are fractures in a tooth’s interior that cause pain when a person bites down. The tooth needs to be covered by a crown to prevent more fractures. Placing such a crown may be a complicated procedure if the tooth has cracked all the way to the bone; the dentist may need to trim the gums so the crown can rest on a part of the tooth that hasn’t yet been damaged.

Cosmetic Considerations

There are quite a few health-related reasons why someone may need a dental crown, but sometimes problems with a tooth’s appearance also bring about the need for one. If a tooth is misshapen or discolored, a porcelain cover can disguise those flaws and give the pearly white’s original luster back to it.

Dental crowns are an important part of modern dentistry. If one of your teeth is causing you pain or is weaker than the ones around it, you may need to visit your dentist in Beaumont and receive one of these custom tooth covers.

About the Dentist

Dr. Michael R. Olson leads the team of talented professionals at West End Dental Group. He uses his expertise to install crowns and other restorations to help his patients have strong, attractive smiles. If you think you may need a crown, please contact our office at 409-860-9600.

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