When a tooth has sustained severe damage but is still salvageable, a dental crown may be required to restore its strength and stability. Dental crowns are a general dentistry treatment that are also used on teeth with large fillings or teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.
All teeth, and particularly the back teeth, withstand tons of pressure daily. When a tooth has been compromised due to damage or decay, it becomes weakened. The remainder of the tooth must then take on more pressure. This can lead to additional damage, including cracks or breaks.
A dental crown prevents the tooth from sustaining further damage. It provides protection by covering the entire part of the tooth that extends above the gum line. Pressure from biting is now distributed once again throughout the surface of the entire tooth as opposed to just part of it.
Additionally, crowns restore the beauty of your smile. If you have a tooth with a huge filling or is severely chipped or broken, a crown will bring back the original appearance of a full, healthy tooth.
Restore Cracked or Damaged Teeth
When a tooth cracks, it becomes susceptible to decay and further damage. Covering it with a dental crown will prevent problems and restore strength to the tooth. Dental crowns are often used to protect damaged teeth as well. A broken tooth or a tooth that has had root canal therapy will do much better with a crown.
Root canal therapy removes the nerve center of the tooth so it no longer is receiving the nutrients that make it strong. Over time, such teeth can become brittle and more vulnerable to breakage. Placing a crown on the tooth protects it from cracking or breaking.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Not every tooth with a large cavity or damage needs to have a full crown placed on it. In some circumstances, a partial crown or onlay will do the job. The tooth is prepared, and the onlay is cemented into place.
An inlay is used to fill a large cavity occurring on the biting surface of a tooth. When the cavity does not involve the cusps, or sides, of the tooth, this can be used as the filling. Inlays provide additional strength to teeth with large cavities.
If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, a tooth that has had root canal therapy or one with a large filling, you may want to consult with Dr. Vashisht about the benefits of a crown, inlay or onlay. Contact Parklane Family Dentistry for information, and make your appointment today.