Dental Crown Uses
By Dr. David Wyse on August 09, 2012
When it comes to effective dental treatment, a skilled cosmetic or restorative dentist will need to consider all available options to provide the best possible care. This means really assessing the needs of a patient and taking time to provide the right diagnosis. For major dental problems, a Bloomington cosmetic dentist may consider using dental crowns. Let's take a moment right now to look at what dental crowns are and how they may best be used to address dental health issues.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are caps that fit right over a tooth that has been severely damaged in some fashion. The tooth is prepped for the dental crowns first and then the crown is fit right over the remaining tooth structure. When in place, the dental crown will provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, improved bite strength, and reduced pain and discomfort associated with the capped tooth.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Crowns
The best candidates for dental crowns are people who have teeth that have been severely damaged but still have enough remaining tooth structure so that the tooth can be saved. In some cases, inlays or onlays may be considered instead of dental crowns since those are a much more conservative treatment option.
When too much of a tooth has been damaged, tooth extraction will be required. During your visit to our office for cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Bloomington, we will determine which treatment option would be best for you and your needs.
Dental Crowns for Severe Tooth Decay
When a tooth has been severely decayed, it is not able to be restored with a traditional filling, or even an inlay or an onlay. In such cases, the best bet for treatment is a dental crown.
Dental Crowns for Severe Tooth Injury
Little chips or cracks that affect the appearance of a tooth can be addressed with porcelain veneers with relative ease. But for major cracks and chips to a tooth that compromise the overall tooth structure, dental crowns will be best for your needs.
Dental Crowns for Replacing Missing Teeth
When you are missing a tooth or have a tooth so damaged that it needs to be extracted, a dental crown can actually be used to replace the missing tooth. In order to use a dental crown for this purpose, it must be supported by a dental implant. Bloomington dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded in the jawbone and the gum tissue.
Dental Crowns for Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is necessary if the interior pulp of a tooth has been affected by injury or bacteria. The root canal therapy will involve the removal of the infected dental pulp. At the end of the root canal treatment, a dental crown is often used to protect the treated tooth and ensure lasting dental health for the long haul afterward.
Learn More About Your Options for Cosmetic Dentistry
If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they can help you achieve all of your dental health and dental care goals, be sure to contact our Bloomington cosmetic and general dentistry practice today. The entire team hear looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your dental health goals.
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