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Crowns offer a simple way to protect your damaged teeth from further damage. The Worth, IL, dentists at All Smiles explain how the restorations can strengthen your teeth.
What are crowns?
Whether you call them crowns or caps, these restorations help you preserve and improve your teeth. Crowns are hollow inside and cover teeth completely above the gum line. Depending on your preferences, the location of your damaged tooth and your dental insurance, you may choose porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold, metal alloy, ceramic or resin crown.
How do crowns strengthen teeth?
If you continue to exert pressure on your damaged tooth when you eat, the damage may eventually worsen. Exposure to biting forces can fracture a cracked tooth or cause a crack in a fragile tooth. If a fracture is severe and extends in a tooth root, it may not be possible to save your tooth. When a crown is slipped over your tooth, it absorbs biting forces and distributes the forces over the surface of the crown, reducing pressure on your tooth. Thanks to the addition of the crown, you won't have to worry about fracturing a tooth when you eat.
When are crowns recommended?
You may benefit from a crown if:
- You have a cracked tooth: Biting into very hard objects or foods, large fillings or grinding or clenching your teeth increase your risk of a crack. In addition to preventing your tooth from breaking, a crown also seals it, stopping bacteria from entering.
- Your tooth is fragile: Teeth can weaken due to large fillings or root canal therapy. Sometimes, teeth become fragile due to the natural effects of aging or a genetic disposition toward brittle teeth.
- Your tooth has already broken: Fractured teeth usually don't break cleanly. Rough edges can irritate or cut your mouth and lips. If the broken tooth is a premolar or molar, chewing may become more difficult without a crown.
- You want to cover a flaw: Worth residents also use crowns to conceal imperfections in teeth, change tooth shape and lengthen teeth that are too short.
Strengthen your teeth with dental crowns. Call All Smiles Dental in Worth, IL, at (708) 448-0333 to schedule your appointment.
Find out the dental issues that could be treated with a dental crown.
Even with all the advancements in dental technology we still often turn to dental crowns to improve the health and appearance of patient’s teeth. If you are dealing with a tooth that recently had a root canal or you have a severely misshapen tooth, then it’s time you called our Worth, IL dentists to find out if dental crowns are right for you.
There are many scenarios in which you may need a dental crown in order to preserve a tooth. Common reasons for getting a dental crown in Worth include:
To Replace a Large Filling
If your tooth has a cavity or crack that affects at least half of the tooth’s width then a dental filling just won’t cut it. If this is the case, our general dentists will replace your filling with a dental crown, which will provide your tooth with better protection.
To Cover a Tooth After a Root Canal
When the inside of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp) becomes inflamed or infected we will need to go inside the tooth to remove the diseased tissue to protect the rest of your tooth. By not getting a root canal you risk needing a tooth extraction in the future. Of course, once the inside of the tooth has been cleaned and hollowed out it can leave the rest of the tooth prone to cracking. To prevent this from happening we can easily protect your tooth by putting a custom crown over it.
To Hide a Severely Unsightly Tooth
While dental veneers and other cosmetic options are available to treat everything from stained to uneven teeth, there are some cases in which the tooth is so malformed or discolored that the best way to actually enhance and improve the appearance of the tooth is to get a dental crown.
To Protect a Worn Tooth
If you are someone who grinds their teeth you may find that your teeth will become worn down much faster. Also, patients with extremely acidic diets or those who have GERD may be more likely to wear away healthy tooth enamel due to the consistent presence of acid. Excessive wear can leave teeth soft and prone to damage, but a dental crown can restore strength and resilience back into the tooth.
If you want to find out whether dental crowns could benefit you then it’s time you called All Smiles in Worth, IL to schedule your consultation. Let’s get you a smile you’ll be proud of.