Some injuries are obvious. If you fall down and cut your knee open, the pain and blood are evident and sudden. The same thing if you cut yourself with a knife, break a bone, or stub a toe. You know the injury is there, and you immediately work to correct the problem.
Teeth are often a different story. You probably know the hospitals to visit in Cincinnati, OH for a broken bone, but what would you do if your tooth was damaged? How would you know there was a problem, or would you even take steps to correct it?
Teeth break and become damaged due to many things, and it is important that the damage is repaired before the entire tooth is lost. A dental crown is always there to restore your tooth back to its original function. A dental crown will end the pain associated with a damaged tooth and protect your tooth from further harm, all while allowing you to enjoy the foods you’ve always loved.
How Teeth Become Damaged
As we mentioned above, damage to your teeth should not be ignored. A small crack or break can expose your tooth to bacteria, which will work deep into your tooth to cause more severe damage, even the loss of your entire tooth! The damage usually begins from one of the following instances:
Untreated Decay – A cavity might not seem like much, but it is, in fact, decay. Your tooth enamel has given way to bacteria. Over time, the decay will grow until the tooth can no longer do its job due to the pain and weakened tooth structure.
Injury – You’ve probably been told not to chew on ice or the end of your pen. This is because your teeth are breakable. From a crack to a shattered tooth, injuries must be treated to protect yourself from losing your natural tooth.
Failing Restorations – A very common reason for damaged teeth is past decay that has been treated with restorations, like fillings. Large metal fillings are especially in danger of leading to future problems because the tooth weakens around filling until it breaks.
Making Repairs is Important for Your Lifelong Smile
The important thing to note is that no matter what causes the damage to your tooth, repairs are essential to the longevity of your tooth. Even if the healthy tooth crown is broken, we can work to keep the root secure in your gums. We do that with dental restorations like fillings and dental crowns.
Fillings First – A filling is the first line of defense for a damaged tooth. If the damage is small, we can often repair the damage and restore the tooth with a tooth-colored filling that will look and feel completely natural
Crowns When Things Fall Apart – When things are beyond the help of a filling, we turn to a dental crown. A crown is a cap that fits over the entire tooth to hold it together and restore complete function and beauty to your smile.
Should You Consider a Crown?
Only a dentist can help you decide if a crown is best for your smile. We use crowns for teeth that are in danger of failing completely. A crown is a fresh start for a damaged tooth that has been injured or deeply decayed.
We can also use a dental crown for cosmetic purposes for some smiles. We often use crowns when a tooth (or teeth) is in extremely bad shape. Whether the tooth is broken, misshapen, or very discolored, a crown could be the best solution for long term dental health.
Getting Your Crown Restoration
The process for getting a dental crown is very simple and efficient. Once we’ve determined that a crown is right for your smile, you will come see us to have your tooth prepared. We will remove a thin layer of enamel from around your tooth so that we can make room for the crown itself. Once your tooth is ready, we will take impressions of your tooth and place a temporary crown for you to wear while you wait for your new crown to be crafted in the lab.
After a short wait, we will call you back to the office for your dental crown placement. We will carefully remove your temporary crown and place the permanent crown using bonding material. Once the crown is in place, you are ready to go back to normal!
Caring for a Crown
In order to keep your teeth healthy, you will need to take care of your crown. You do this using the same methods that you’ll use for the rest of your teeth! Twice daily brushing and flossing are imperative to a healthy smile. You should also plan to see us every six months for a cleaning and exam. Should you ever feel like your crown is loose or damaged, call us right away so that we can take a look!
Make Your Appointment to Learn More Today
Do you think a dental crown could solve your dental pain or discomfort? Give us a call today to learn more about this process. We would love to take a look at your smile and help you decide what is best for your teeth!