Find out why dental crowns are placed and what they can do.
Wondering when a dental crown may improve the health and appearance of your smile? A dental crown is one of the most common restorations that our Charlottesville, VA, general dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle places. Here are the situations that often warrant needing a dental crown,
A severely decayed tooth
While most decayed teeth can benefit from a dental filling sometimes if the decay has spread too deep within the tooth this can cause significant damage to the tooth’s overall structure. Therefore, a dental filling may not be enough to fully support the tooth and our Charlottesville, VA, dentist will recommend a dental crown.
A broken or cracked tooth
A cracked or fractured tooth is no longer strong enough to support itself. Therefore, in order to protect what’s left of the tooth’s healthy structure, we will need to buff away the damaged enamel and then place a crown over the tooth. This restoration surrounds the entire crown of a tooth all the way down to the gum line, providing a protective tooth-shaped shield. Once the tooth is crowned it is restored and fully capable of chewing and biting without issue.
An infected tooth
Need a get a root canal? If bacteria got inside the tooth then you may be dealing with a nasty toothache. A root canal can save the tooth; however, once the root canal is complete our dentist will most likely cement a custom crown over the tooth to protect and preserve it.
A discolored or misshapen tooth
Are you dealing with a tooth that is malformed, oddly shaped or severely discolored? While there are a host of cosmetic treatment options designed to reshape, resize and brighten teeth, sometimes a dental crown can not only provide the support a tooth needs but can also hide these imperfections and improve the overall appearance of the tooth.
When was the last time you visited your dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle here in Charlottesville, VA? The best way to preserve and protect your beautiful smile is by coming into our office twice a year for checkups and cleanings. To book your next routine visit call us today at (434) 977-4101.