Crowns Strengthen Damaged Teeth

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown can easily turn a damaged tooth into a durable tooth once again.

While tooth enamel is actually the hardest surface in the body, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be damaged. From diseases to decay to dental crownstrauma, there are many reasons why even the strongest natural material can weaken. Fortunately, our Charlottesville, VA dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, believes that nothing is as important as preserving a natural tooth and we are able to do so time and time again with dental crowns.

There are many reasons why our Charlottesville general dentist will recommend getting a dental crown: if you have a weak tooth that needs support; if your tooth is severely discolored or malformed; if you need to support a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth; or if you need to cover a dental implant. There are many restorative and cosmetic reasons why someone might get a dental crown.

If your tooth has been so severely damaged by decay that a dental filling could not possibly support the tooth, then a dental crown may be the best restoration for reviving the health of your tooth. A tooth that has problems with its structural integrity due to decay, trauma or infection will often require a crown to cover it. A crown is designed to look just like the rest of your teeth but it will provide the coverage and protection your tooth needs to prevent further damage.

It usually takes about two visits to get a dental crown in Charlottesville, VA. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to make sure that you are a good candidate for this restoration. Since a crown can’t fit over a tooth as it normally is, we will need to file down the tooth to reshape it and make it ready to receive a crown. If the tooth is severely fractured or damaged, we may even need to fill parts of the tooth so that it is strong enough to support the crown.

Then we will take impressions of your tooth and the surrounding area for a lab to create your custom-fitted permanent crown. Since it can take about a week for a crown to be made, we will place a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent one is ready. Once the permanent crown is made, you will come back in so that we can fit it and cement it over the tooth.

If you want to learn more about getting dental crowns in Charlottesville, VA and whether you are the ideal candidate for this restoration, give us a call today and schedule a consultation.