When a tooth is severely damaged, many patients wonder if it should just be extracted. While there are great options for replacing a missing tooth, most dentists will attempt to save the damaged tooth first. In many cases teeth that are damaged due to decay or trauma can be repaired with a dental crown. Patients in the Dolton, IL area have had great success saving weak or damaged teeth with Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental®.

What is a dental crown?

To state it simply, a dental crown is a tooth shaped cap or shell that covers all of the surface area of the tooth that is visible.

How are dental crowns used?

Dental crowns are used for several reasons. First they are used in conjunction with root canals. During a root canal, much of the inside of the tooth is removed, leaving it weaker and susceptible to damage or breaking. It can also become dark or discolored over time. The dental crown will cover the tooth to prevent it from breaking and to keep it white.

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Additionally, dental crowns are used to restore a broken or fractured tooth; to cosmetically cover a discolored or misshaped tooth; to protect and restore a tooth that has become weak due to decay; and to support a tooth with a big filling. A dental crown is also used as a part of restorations for missing teeth in conjunction with dental implants and dental bridges.

How are crowns made?

Crowns can be made of various materials such as gold, metal, or porcelain. Each material has its own advantages. However, the porcelain material is becoming more popular because it’s not only strong and durable, but it is also tooth colored and blends in with the remaining teeth.

Is a crown the right option for me?

Only a dentist can tell you if a crown will work for your unique situation. If you have a tooth that is brittle, damaged, or broken you should see a dentist to determine if a dental crown will help protect and restore it. Further, if you have tooth pain, you should also immediately see a dentist as most dental problems do not simply go away.

Dr. Dietrich has been helping patients restore their teeth and improve their smile for many years. He, and the entire team at Pleasant Dental®, are committed to ensuring that patients receive personalized, gentle, and respectful dental care. For more information, call our office today.

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