Tooth Decay: When is a dental crown necessary?

When a dentist detects a small cavity, the decay often can be treated with a dental filling. However, in cases of more extensive decay involving a larger amount of tooth material, the patient may need a dental crown to restore the tooth.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can be placed by a dentist in order to restore a tooth that does not have adequate material remaining to be addressed by a filling alone. However, it is important to remember that you must still have a certain amount of tooth material in order for your case to be appropriate for a dental crown. If the tooth is too unstable, you may need to consider alternatives like dental implants or a dental bridge.

Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials. Ceramic crowns are particularly suitable due to their aesthetic qualities that mimic tooth enamel, as well as their superb biocompatibility. All-ceramic crowns also eliminate dark areas along the gumline, further enhancing the smile’s appearance.

Dental crown placement takes place over the course of two appointments with your dentist. At the first session, your tooth will be shaped to accommodate the crown. In some cases, the tooth may need to be boosted with a resin material to provide the crown’s restoration. When the tooth is ready, you will have a dental impression taken, which will be used in the design of your crown. You may choose to wear a temporary crown while awaiting the permanent one.

The patient then will return to the office to have the permanent crown bonded to the tooth after that crown is ready to be placed.

Ceramic crowns can also be useful in addressing a number of other dental issues, such as protecting a tooth after a root canal or hiding a deep crack or significant discoloration.

A decayed tooth may be able to be restored with a dental crown, which can also conceal other flaws in your smile. Contact Howl Dental at 918-749-1626 and schedule a consultation to learn if this treatment option will work for you.

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