Your tooth is made up of two parts: the crown and the root. The crown is that part that you see and brush, while the root lies beneath the gumline and stretches all the way down to the jawbone. When the crown of a tooth is damaged or injured, it’s tempting to want to pull the tooth and start over, but that does greater harm to your mouth! As long as a tooth root is still healthy, and the crown of the tooth can be repaired, we will preserve that natural tooth for as long as possible. We do this with a dental crown.
Teeth can become damaged through many means. Anything from injury to decay to neglect can cause a tooth to break down and need repair. Sometimes an old filling is to blame for making a tooth weak enough to break. Just because the tooth is broken, this doesn’t mean that the tooth needs to be removed. For as long as possible, we want to keep the healthy tooth root in the jaw so that it prevents other teeth from shifting into that empty space. A dental crown can take care of business!
Placing a Dental Crown
Once we have determined that the tooth is healthy enough to save, we remove some of the outer edges of the tooth to make room for the crown to fit on top without damaged adjacent teeth. We will take impressions of your tooth and send off for a crown to be made. While we wait, we will leave you with a temporary crown. When the permanent crown comes in, we will call you back to the office where we will cement the permanent crown into place, protecting your tooth root from bacteria and more decay.
A dental crown will leave you with the protection and function that you need for a happier, healthier smile! We can get that placed in no time at your appointment, and you’ll know that you were able to preserve a natural tooth! Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us know how we can help you get the smile of your dreams!