Different Uses for Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns - Tooth Decay / Missing Teeth / Implant DentistryA dentist has many tools to use when it comes to improving a person’s dental health. There are plenty of restoration options out there, for example, each of which is able to restore a good amount of a person’s tooth structure while also improving the appearance of the smile as well.

One particular dental restoration option that may prove quite helpful to your cosmetic dentist is the dental crown. We’d like to take a few moments right now to look at dental crowns and how they can be used to address a number of different dental health needs.

About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that fit over teeth in order to restore appearance and bite strength. The tooth to be treated needs to be prepped a bit in order to accommodate the dental crown.

Dental Crowns for Severe Tooth Decay

One of the most common uses for dental crowns is the restoration of a tooth that has been severely decayed. In cases of minor tooth decay, dental fillings are a common solution. When dental fillings are no longer viable, then inlays and onlays are the best option for care. The last option for saving a tooth that is severely decayed is the use of a dental crown.

(Dental crowns are also common when treating severe tooth damage, such as teeth that are broken in a major accident or oral injury of some kind.)

Dental Crowns and Root Canal Therapy

Related to the issue of damage and decay, one cosmetic and restorative dentistrytreatment that can save a tooth is the root canal. During a root canal, your dentist works to remove diseased dental pulp from within a tooth in order to reduce pain and prevent the spread of infection to the jawbone and other tissues.

After the dental pulp has been removed, the pulp chamber has been sterilized, and the dental pulp has been replaced with an inert material, the treated tooth is then capped with a dental crown. This crown restores the tooth’s strength and also safeguards the tooth from future infection.

Dental Crowns and Implant Dentistry

Many people think that dental bridges and dentures are the only solution for missing teeth, but in fact, a dental crown can be used to replace a missing tooth as well. This dental crown would cap a single dental implant in the tooth gap. (A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is anchored into place in the patient’s jawbone and gum structure.)

Your dentist will work carefully to ensure that the dental crown is a good match with the teeth adjacent to it and that it functions properly when it comes into contact with the opposing tooth on the opposite dental arch.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about dental crowns and find out if they are right for you, be sure to contact our Frisco, TX dental care center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health in the process.