Why patients in Calumet City, IL, may need crowns for their teeth
At Pleasant Dental®, Dr. Dean Dietrich and our entire team, understand that there are many circumstances when patients may need a dental crown to support and improve their teeth. Patients from Calumet City, IL, and the surrounding area visit Dr. Dietrich for a dental exam to determine if a dental crown is the right solution for their dental problem.
Stated simply, a dental crown is a cap that is placed over the natural tooth. It is bonded into place and provides the tooth with the necessary support, functionality, and aesthetics that can keep it from needing to be extracted. Patients with the following dental issues may be helped with dental crowns:
- Decay: In addition to teeth, gums, and tissue, the mouth is also made up of bacteria. When food particles are left on the teeth, plaque can begin to form. When plaque meets bacteria, it can create an acid that will eat away at the enamel of the tooth. The decay typically forms holes, known as cavities, in the teeth. When a cavity is detected early, it can be filled. However, if the cavity is undetected and continues to decay the tooth, a crown may be the only way to save the tooth from needing to be extracted.
- Trauma/Breakage: Let’s face it, accidents happen. Slips, trips, fall, or the random fly ball can harm the mouth and cause a tooth to break. A dental crown can reinforce the tooth to make it strong and durable once again.
- Tooth replacement: When a tooth is missing, it needs to be restored. Often crowns are used to create the missing tooth; however, a crown can’t work alone. It must be used in conjunction with a dental bridge or dental implant. A dental bridge works with the surrounding teeth, thus bridging the empty space. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root to which the crown is attached.
At Pleasant Dental®, our team is committed to helping our patients achieve happy and healthy smiles. Not only do we provide dental crowns, we also offer a wide variety of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. If you are having dental problems or simply want to find out how your smile could be improved, call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dietrich.