Damaged or broken teeth should be repaired as soon as possible. Not only are they uncomfortable and unattractive, they can also have a serious impact on your dental health.
When teeth are cracked or damaged, it’s much easier for bacteria to penetrate into the tooth’s interior. This sets up the scenario for a painful infection that requires root canal therapy to treat. Broken teeth also change the way your bite comes together. This can lead to pain in the jaw and problems like bruxism (chronic clenching and grinding), which lead to additional issues down the road.
Crowns are often the best way to restore a damaged tooth, allowing us to save the tooth and protect your dental health.
What Is a Crown?
A crown is basically a tooth-shaped shell that we fit over the damaged tooth, protecting it and restoring function. Crowns have been made from a variety of materials, including metals, like gold, and ceramics. Each type of crown has its own advantages, and we’ll recommend the crown that is right for your needs.
When the broken tooth is easily visible, we’ll usually recommend an esthetic crown of tooth-colored porcelain. These durable, attractive crowns are custom made and shaped and colored to blend in beautifully among your other teeth. Once the crown is placed, nobody will know that it isn’t one of your natural teeth!
While crowns are usually used to treat broken, damaged, or severely decayed teeth, we can also use porcelain crowns to improve the appearance of a troublesome tooth. Severe discolorations, gapping, and unusually shaped teeth are all treatable with crowns. Crowns are also often used as part of a dental implant system to replace individual missing teeth.
How Are Crowns Placed?
Once we determine that a crown is the most appropriate treatment option, we will prepare the tooth for the crown. The tooth is shaped so that the crown will fit over it properly. If necessary, a root canal may be performed to relieve pain or treat any infection process.
When the tooth is ready, we will take photos, x-rays, and impressions. This information, along with our specific instructions, will be sent to the lab we trust with our dental restorations. We’ll then fit you with a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth and keep you comfortable.
As soon as your crowns is back from the lab, we’ll notify you so you can return to our office. At this time, we’ll show you the crown and fit it into place. Before we cement it, we’ll test the fit and the look to make sure you are happy with the final results. As soon as you and your dentist are happy, your new restoration will be cemented into place.
Caring for a crown is as simple as caring for the rest of your teeth. While a crown will not decay, you can still develop gum disease and decay at the gumline and in the surrounding teeth, so it’s important to brush and floss and visit our office for regular cleanings and exams. During these visits, we’ll check the condition of your crown to make sure it’s still in great shape.
Do You Have a Broken or Damaged Tooth?
There’s no reason to suffer the discomfort or inconvenience of a damaged tooth. Call House Family Dental in Pueblo West, CO today to schedule an exam with one of our excellent dentists!