Dental crowns are a common treatment that caps the natural tooth with a porcelain or ceramic restoration. This restoration looks exactly like your natural tooth. There are a number of reasons why your dentist might recommend that you get a crown.
You’re planning to have a root canal.
During a root canal, the dentist drills a small hole into the inner part of the tooth. He or she then removes infected or damaged material. Root canals are an effective way to save natural teeth, rather than simply extracting them. However, after a root canal, a dental crown is needed to restore the tooth and strengthen it.
You’ve sustained a tooth fracture.
Sometimes, capping a tooth with a crown is the only way to save it if it’s sustained a serious fracture. Major tooth fractures often occur as a result of sports injuries. Contact sports like football and hockey are common examples, but even accidents while playing non-contact sports can lead to a tooth fracture. Teeth can also sustain fractures from household accidents. Some risk factors may increase the likelihood of a cracked tooth. They include:
- Uneven chewing pressure
- Stress on the tooth
- Exposure to temperature extremes
- Clenching and grinding the teeth (bruxism)
- A habit of chewing on hard objects like ice
You have a very large cavity or require multiple fillings in the same tooth.
In most cases, dental caries can be treated with a simple filling. The dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth, along with the bacteria that caused the tooth decay. Then, he or she adds the filling material to the hole in the tooth. But if a tooth has a very large cavity, then too much of the tooth material may be removed and a crown will be required instead of a simple filling. Similarly, crowns can be used if the same tooth has undergone multiple fillings.
The placement of natural-looking dental crowns is one of our specialties here at Manela Dental. Give us a call today at (520) 744-2039 to request an appointment with a dentist in Tucson.