Find out if your smile could benefit from getting a dental crown.
Tooth enamel is stronger than bone, and every time you bite down you exert around 200 pounds of pressure on your teeth. So, needless to say, teeth are incredibly strong. Unfortunately, as strong as teeth are they aren’t entirely resistant to damage. Unlike bones and tissues in our body, teeth can’t heal themselves. This is where our Pensacola, FL, family dentist Dr. Jennifer Georgiades can restore your tooth after decay, injury or other problems.
These are the situations that may benefit the most from getting a dental crown,
While most decay is removed and then restored with a dental filling if the decay is extensive then a filling alone may not be able to fully support the tooth. Over time, an old large filling can put added pressure on teeth, which in turn can increase the risk for fractures. To provide a more stable restoration for your tooth, our Pensacola, FL, family dentist may decide it’s best to replace the filling with a dental crown.
Root Canal Treatment
While not all teeth that require a dental crown will need a root canal, the majority of people who require root canal treatment will need a crown. A root canal is performed when the dental pulp inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. When this happens a root canal is performed to extract the pulp and to clean out bacteria inside the tooth. Once the root canal is complete, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.
A Fractured Tooth
While minor cracks and chips may be buffed away and treated with dental bonding or other cosmetic options, any damage that affects the overall strength and integrity of the tooth’s structure will most likely require a dental crown to restore strength and durability back into the tooth. The crown will ensure that what’s left of the natural tooth is protected and won’t incur further damage.
A Misshapen or Discolored Tooth
While our dentist offers a variety of cosmetic options including bonding and veneers to improve the appearance of a tooth if you have a weak or damaged tooth that requires a crown you’ll also be happy to hear that the crown can also alter the overall shape, size and color of your tooth. A dental crown can greatly improve its appearance so it blends right in with the rest of your smile.
Whether you have questions about dental crowns or other dental services we offer here in Pensacola, FL, don’t hesitate to call Emerald Coast Family Dentist today at (850) 944-9655 to schedule your next appointment with us.