Find out how this simple restoration could protect your tooth from further problems.
Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance within the human body? Despite this, this doesn’t mean that your teeth can take a beating without suffering some consequences. If you are someone who regularly uses their teeth to open bottle caps or those silly plastic packaging that most stores use (you know the ones; the ones that are nearly impossible to open) then you may just find yourself dealing with damage to one or more teeth. Our Scarsdale, NY, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Pike is here to tell you if a dental crown could help restore that tooth.
What is a Dental Crown?
These small tooth-shaped caps are designed to fully cover the entire crown of a tooth to protect and preserve it while also restoring strength and function. A dental crown is most often placed over teeth that have been fractured or damaged extensively to prevent further damage.
While there are different kinds of dental crowns out there the most commonly used crown is made from porcelain because it isn’t just durable and stain-resistant but it also mimics the color and appearance of natural tooth enamel.
The Purpose Behind Dental Crowns
As we mentioned earlier, our Scarsdale, NY, general dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if a tooth has incurred severe damage such as a crack or fracture. It can also help strengthen a tooth that has weakened from infection or excessive wear and tear. Of course, a dental crown also has its cosmetic benefits, as well.
For example, if you have a tooth that is malformed or severely discolored you may choose to get a dental crown to enhance and improve the tooth’s overall shape, size or color. While there are other cosmetic options out there that can also boost the appearance of your smile a crown may be a better option if the tooth has more extensive or severe issues.
If you have to undergo root canal therapy (this happens when an infection is present inside the tooth) the tooth, as you might imagine, isn’t quite as strong as it was before the infection. To combat this, we will place a dental crown. Crowns are also an important part of treating tooth loss, as they can be placed over natural teeth to support false teeth in the middle (this is known as a dental bridge) or they can be cemented in place over a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth.
If you think a crown might help restore or cosmetically enhance in your smile then it’s time to sit down with our dental experts in Scarsdale, NY, to learn more. Call The Scarsdale Dentist today and let us know that you are interested in what crowns can do for your oral health.