Are you familiar with dental crowns? A dental crown is often able to restore a damaged tooth by ‘capping’ it to recreate your natural tooth. Dr.Stephen Huber and our team are pleased to be able to offer dental crowns for our patients in Leawood, Kansas and the neighboring communities who are looking to repair teeth which have been damaged to decay or injury.
Dental crowns are perfect for restoring a tooth, anchoring and attaching a dental bridge, or completing a dental implant restoration. Let’s take a look at how a dental crown may be used to repair a smile that is experiencing any of the following dental conditions:
Root Canal Procedure
If you have had a root canal procedure performed on your smile, it may be followed with a dental crown to restore the tooth. Placing a crown after decay is hollowed out of a tooth helps prevent the tooth from cracking further.
Large Dental Filling
When you are considering a dental crown vs. a dental filling, it is important to understand that crowns can reinforce and strengthen a tooth, while a filling, at least a large one, may compromise the structural integrity of a tooth, and possibly make it more vulnerable to fracture. Typically, when a tooth’s decay covers more than half of the width of the tooth, a dental crown will be used restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
Worn Down Tooth
Teeth can be worn down due to several factors. While it is true that tooth enamel is the strongest material in your body, your teeth can still be worn down if you constantly grind or clench your teeth (bruxism which wears down tooth enamel and results in fractured teeth.) Molars are particularly vulnerable to this as they do most of the heavy-duty chewing and masticating of your food.
Another cause of worn down tooth enamel is acid erosion. This weakens tooth enamel over time so that you experience hollows in the tooth along with worn down biting edges and tooth surfaces. Erosion may occur by eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages, and medical conditions such as bulimia and acid reflux.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
You may be experiencing cracked tooth syndrome if you feel pain as you bite down while eating your favorite food. With cracked tooth syndrome, small cracks in a tooth may or may not show up on an X-ray, or the crack may be in a part of the tooth underneath the gum. Chewing puts pressure on the fracture lines and creates pain, so when a dental crown caps the tooth, the stress on the fractures is distributed evenly and relieves your tooth pain.
Our team in Leawood, Kansas, islways ready to help you restore your healthy smile with our dental restorations. We invite you to call Stephen Huber at 913-543-3751 to schedule an appointment with our dental team. A dental crown restoration can result in a healthy, confident smile again!