When Does A Tooth Need A Crown?

When you have a minor cavity, you may need a filling. For a small chip or crack, single-visit cosmetic bonding may be prescribed. But when does your Des Moines, IA, dentists recommend a crown? In today’s blog, we look at the benefits of creating and placing a crown, and when we tend to prescribe them for our patients.

Signs of Trouble

You should contact our office if you begin to experience pain in your tooth, such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a toothache that doesn’t subside. This pain could point to the presence of a cavity or possibly a dental infection, so treatment is crucial for preventing tooth loss. In addition, always let us know if a tooth becomes damaged. Even a minor chip or crack could lead to serious oral health complications, so don’t ignore these signs of trouble. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can offer treatment to return your tooth to full function, health, and beauty.

Creating Your Restoration

A crown can repair cracks, chips, breakage, or lengthen worn down teeth. In addition, we can use them to mask teeth stains, address misshapen teeth, or even anchor a dental bridge in place! If you’re receiving a dental implant, they will likely be used to address the visible part of your new tooth. To create them, we first make room for them by removing structure from the tooth in question. We then take detailed impressions and measurements, which we use to design and craft them from lifelike materials such as ceramic. Not only can ceramic absorb bite forces, the material can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth as well. The custom crown will be placed onto the prepared tooth and held in place with a powerful bonding agent.

Protecting Your Smile

With proper care and attention, your crown could last for decades. However, care needs to be taken to protect the teeth the restorations are attached to, otherwise gum disease or infection could cause them to become lost or require removal/replacement. To safeguard your smile, continue to take time to brush and floss daily, and include your newly-repaired tooth. Also, be sure to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning as well, so we can monitor your smile and remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth .If you have any questions about caring for your smile, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Our Restorations?

Repairing a tooth helps prevent tooth loss or severe discomfort. To learn more about repairing and restoring your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.