Dental crowns can help patients preserve a cracked tooth and avoid having it extracted, which is almost always preferable to replacing a missing tooth with a prosthetic version. Here is an overview of how this treatment process works.
If you suffered some sort of injury that has severely damaged your tooth, your dentist may recommend that you consider a dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap made of metal, porcelain or composite materials. That crown offers a layer of protection to the tooth. Dental crowns can be used to repair damage too extensive to be addressed by a filling, and they are placed after a root canal for this purpose, as well.
In order to prepare your tooth for placement of the crown, your dentist may first need to remove a thin layer of enamel to create room for the crown. You may also need to get a dental impression and/or have photos taken of your tooth in order for the crown to be designed.
It can take a few weeks for the crown to be ready for placement, so you may be fitted with a temporary crown while you await the permanent one. When the final crown is ready, you’ll return to the office to have it placed.
Patients can have significant input into the appearance of your crown. The porcelain and composite materials can be tailored to closely match the shade of your natural teeth so that the crown does not stand out. Further adjustments can be made before the crown is bonded to the tooth, but no changes are possible after that, so be sure that you are satisfied before the crown is placed.
After the crown is in place, it should protect your tooth from bacteria and other undesirable elements that could infiltrate the exposed inner core, as a result. Dental crowns can protect fractured teeth against abscesses and infections that can access the bloodstream and spread elsewhere in the body.
Don’t despair that you’ll need to have a cracked tooth removed and replaced. Schedule an evaluation at one of our Ora Dental Studio locations to see if a dental crown might help you save the affected tooth.