Why Tooth Crowns Save Decaying Teeth
Protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth.
Visit our Irvine dental office for our expert crown treatment. A crown may be needed to protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth. Read on to learn more about what to expect, and call us at 949-748-7373 or schedule online.
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Situations that May Need Crowns to Fix
- Badly decaying teeth
- Cracked, fractured teeth
- Protection needed for damaged teeth from further destruction
Applying a Crown to Your Teeth:
A crown or “cap” covers the tooth while restoring the tooth to original shape and size. Decay is first removed from the tooth before a mold is made of the prepared surface. This mold or “impression” creates a model of the tooth and surrounding area, which is then sent to a special laboratory for creation of the gold or porcelain crown. When the crown returns from the lab, it is applied to the prepared surface in the mouth.
Advantages of Crowning Your Teeth:
Crowns are durable as a result of being created in a laboratory.The remaining tooth structure is therefore protected and guarded very well. A skilled dentist can fit a crown almost perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between crown and tooth. The application of the crown therefore prevents future decay from occurring.
Catching the tooth decay early also greatly increases the chances of successful crowning.
Disadvantages of Crowning Teeth:
While crowns have few disadvantages, they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.
On rare occasions, the need root canal therapy may still be needed despite the crown, an indication the interior of the tooth was already infected, and would have eventually needed root canal therapy anyway.
Alternatives to Crowning:
The only option besides crowning is simply removing a tooth that is too decayed to be recovered. Once the tooth is removed, a bridge implant will be necessary to cover the gap.