Whether you want a boost to your self confidence, an improvement in your appearance, or you want to improve your job prospects, one of the most important things you can do is improve your smile. A beautiful, healthy smile can go a long way in giving you the attractive look that you want.
But damage to your teeth can rob you of that good-looking smile in a hurry. Whether it’s from injury or health-related reasons, the last thing you want to do is leave a damaged, imperfect tooth to get worse. It can not only impact your health, but it can distract from your overall appearance.
One of the best ways to restore and preserve that genuine smile is with a crown. Sometimes called a “cap”, a crown filling can cover up unsightly problems in your smile, while offering a measure of protection to your teeth.
Here are three different scenarios when having a dental crown installed could be your best option:
It’s time for a root canal
If you have damage to the nerve of one of your teeth, you’ll have to have a root canal done to take care of it. During a root canal, your dentist will hollow out your tooth so that he or she can gain access to the nerve underneath. As you can imagine, this significantly weakens your tooth, leaving it vulnerable to cracking.
Most of the time, your dentist will recommend that you have a crown filling to restore the strength of the tooth. A crown will keep it from fracturing and will protect the tooth underneath.
You have a cavity – or have had one in the past
Much in the same vein as the root canal, repairing a cavity in a tooth involves removing a large portion of the tooth. This is done to prevent further damage to your teeth that would be caused by the cavity. Once the infected portion of the tooth is removed, you might be left with a tooth that is half the original width – or even less. This means your tooth is in a much more vulnerable state.
By having a crown filling installed, you not only restore the appearance of a healthy tooth, you also restore the strength of the tooth underneath, so it can withstand stress.
If you’ve had old fillings, or fillings that were particularly large, they may also need to be replaced with crowns at some point. Again, this is to ensure the strength of the tooth.
You have a crack or fracture that has gotten out of control
Not every cracked tooth needs a crown. However, if it is a very deep crack or you are in considerable pain, a crown can be used to protect the root of your tooth from sustaining any permanent damage.
Whenever a damaged tooth is put under stress, you can be left with a great deal of pain, whether that’s from grinding your teeth or simply chewing your food. Plus, the pain is also accompanied by the risk of more damage.
Crowns will help distribute the stress on the tooth and ease the pain while also protecting the tooth from more damage.
Of course, the only way to know whether or not you need a crown on your tooth is by having a full checkup. Contact 346-299-8204 today and schedule your appointment with a qualified, local dental professional.