Severe tooth decay can cause a variety of dental problems, and if you’ve lost any teeth, there is a good chance that decay has played a major role. Aesthetic dental problems are also very common. Some patients seek assistance for teeth that have become cracked or chipped. If you have a tooth that is severely damaged, then you could be suffering from pain and acute sensitivity.
A popular fix for a variety of problems is the dental crown. When a patient is dealing with major tooth damage or decay, a dental crown might be the only solution to the problem. A crown is like a cap for your damaged tooth, and it’s designed to protect the tooth from further decay and damage. It is also useful for restoring lost strength, and it allows you to use the tooth for chewing.
Am I a Candidate?
Most patients are great candidates for a crown. If you’ve recently had a root canal performed on a decayed tooth or received a dental implant, then you’re a candidate. You might also consider getting one after fracturing a tooth. Some patients have massive cavities, and the only option is getting a root canal and crown.
Since these specialized caps can be used to correct a wide range of problems, most people are candidates. To discuss your situation and find out if it is right for you, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at our office.
What is a Dental Crown?
If you’re considering this cap, you should know what it is. All dental crowns are designed to sit over your tooth and protect it from further decay and damage. They are made from durable materials and crafted to look and feel like natural teeth. Once it has been installed, this cap will protect your tooth from discomfort.
If you have a huge filling in your tooth and you’re experiencing pain, then we might recommend a crown. It’s not uncommon for a tooth to have a filling that is too large to be supported by the structure of the tooth, and in these situations, this type of cap is almost always the best choice.
Although the major purpose of a crown is to cover a tooth that has become severely damaged, it also helps to strengthen and improve the appearance of the tooth.
Most of these devices are made from ceramic or porcelain, and since they’re connected to metal structures, they deliver a stronger bond than what you’d get from other materials.
When maintained properly, these caps can last a lifetime. Practicing proper oral health is key to prolonging the life of dental crowns.
To learn more about ways that you can smile brighter, make an appointment at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart. Whether you could benefit from veneers or dental implants, we are likely to find a solution for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!