Having a broken tooth, or a tooth that is beginning to show signs of extensive tooth decay is far more than a cosmetic dentistry issue; it presents a risk to your overall dental health as well. Though these teeth may not initially be painful, it is important to have them treated as soon as possible. If delayed, further damage and risk infection can occur around the tooth, gums, and jaw. If you have a broken or decayed tooth, a dental crown may be the answer. Dental crowns may also be called cemented restorations and dental caps.
A dental crown can be placed over a tooth in order to correct a variety of dental health issues, including:
The first step in fitting you with a dental crown will be examining your tooth and taking dental x-rays in order to determine how damaged the tooth is. If the damage is quite extensive, a root canal may first be required, and in some cases dental bonding may be performed to build up a tooth that is badly damaged. Next, your tooth will be numbed and prepared for the crown. The chewing surface will be filed down slightly in order to make room for the crown, and an impression will be taken. This impression will be sent to the dental laboratory where your dental caps will be custom made to fit your tooth. A temporary crown will be placed during this time in order to prevent further damage and infection. During your next visit, the cemented restoration will be checked for proper fit and permanently cemented onto the tooth.
While wearing your temporary dental crown, it’s very important that you avoid especially hard or crunchy foods, as well as any food that is especially sticky, such as caramel. These can cause the temporary crown to become dislodged. You will also need to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the temporary crown, and brush and floss gently to ensure that it remains in place until your permanent crown arrives.
There are several different materials that can be used to create a dental caps. These include metal (silver or gold), porcelain fused to metal, dental resin, porcelain, and ceramic. These materials can all be used depending on your individual situation and preference. Be sure to discuss which material you prefer for your dental crown during your initial appointment.
A broken or weak tooth can become quite painful if left untreated. Not only that, these issues can lead to more serious dental problems if ignored. A cemented restoration will repair and support the structure of your tooth, eliminating any pain you may have been feeling. A dental cap helps to prevent any further tooth decay and reduces the risk of infection.
Here is more information on dental crowns.
If you have more questions about dental crowns, or would like to see if a dental restoration may be right for you, call our office today at 512-331-1477. You can also use this contact us link to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Justin D’Abadie or Dr. Jaya Hiremath. We look forward to answering any questions you may have and restoring you to a bright and pain-free smile once more.