Role Of Dental Crowns In Protecting Your Teeth

Published on November 30th, 2017 by Michael C. Griffin, D.M.D.

The anatomy of a tooth can be divided into two basic parts: root and crown, the part of a tooth that is attached to the bone and covered by gums is the root, and the part above the gums and visible to the eye is the crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth to cover it, intended to improve its strength, size, utility, and appearance. There are several reasons why someone might need dental crowns, as dental emergencies should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Here are a few examples of why dental crowns might be necessary.

Large Filling

When a tooth has a crack or cavity that is equal to or more than half its width then it needs to be covered with a crown. The crown’s primary purpose will be to protect the tooth that surrounds the filling as it will be more prone to fracture.

Root Canal

A root canal treatment removes and cleans out an infected portion of a tooth, leaving the remaining tooth vulnerable to cracking. In this case, a crown will almost always need to be placed to restore and protect the tooth from fracturing.

Worn Down Teeth

Teeth can wear down for any number of reasons including teeth grinding, acid erosion, or a collapsed bite. If one’s teeth are worn down so that they can no longer effectively function then they should be capped with crowns.

Cracked Tooth

A crack can occur inside the tooth and can cause a lot of pain when chewed on in a certain way. A dental crown will hold the tooth together and relieve the pressure that may be put on the fracture when chewing takes place.

Dental Implants

Crowns are often placed over dental implants to restore spaces left from missing teeth.

The detal crowns are essential to protecting your teeth if you have experienced tooth trauma. Crowns protect, restore the utility, and expand the lifetime of your teeth. Northalsted Dental Spa offers dental crowns in Boystown because we know how important immediate treatment is. Don’t wait until it’s too late, call us today!

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