Teeth undergo a surprising amount of pressure every day when you chew, and even more if you grind or clench your teeth. When a tooth has sustained damage through decay, trauma or other causes, it can become susceptible to breakage in this weakened state. A dental crown may be required to provide the strength, stability and protection needed to prevent further damage.
A dental crown is a general dentistry treatment that provides protection for the damaged tooth by covering the entire visible part of the tooth with a shell. Instead of chewing pressure being concentrated on the remaining parts of the tooth, it is now distributed across the entire area of the crown. This reduces or eliminates the possibility of more damage occurring to the tooth.
Restore Cracked or Damaged Teeth
Cracked or damaged teeth become more susceptible to decay and further damage if repairs are not made in a timely fashion. Bacteria will build up in the damaged area and can start the decaying process. Prompt treatment prevents this from happening and provides protection from additional damage.
A tooth damaged by severe decay may undergo root canal therapy. Such teeth become brittle over time because the nerves have been removed. The tooth is no longer receiving the nutrients needed to make it strong. A crown will protect the tooth from breaking and provide strength and stability.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
While a crown protects a tooth with severe damage or a large filling, there are cases where a partial crown will give the tooth the protection it requires. In these instances, an onlay or inlay may be recommended.
An onlay is used when the side or cusp of a tooth is involved and only a partial crown is needed. An inlay is used to restore a large cavity or damage on the biting or occlusal surface of the tooth.
The dental team at Engineered Smiles will determine the proper method for protecting your damaged tooth and restoring its natural look. Contact us today to book your appointment.