When Should a Tooth Be Crowned?

Deciding on the right treatment for any type of dental concern requires a careful diagnosis from your dentist, and sometimes, you may be surprised at what your dentist recommends. For example, in many cases, modern dental crowns can accomplish a lot more than many patients expect, from fully restoring a severely damaged tooth to improving the overall appearance of an extensively blemished one. Today, we look at a what a custom-designed dental crown can accomplish, and when it might be the best solution for your tooth.

Diagnosing the extent of a tooth’s problem

Most modern dental restorations are designed to address a specific type of problem with your tooth structure or oral tissues. Yet, a dental crown is designed specifically to fortify the tooth by capping its entire visible crown structure, allowing it to address a wide range of different types of concerns. Before recommending a dental crown, your dentist will carefully diagnose the nature and extent of the problem that compromises your tooth to ensure that a dental crown is the appropriate solution for it.

What a dental crown is meant to do

Because a dental crown completely caps, or crowns, your tooth’s visible structure, its main purpose is to restore the tooth structure’s ability to function. This includes giving your tooth its strength and integrity back while preventing the tooth structure underneath the crown from becoming compromised any further. If the tooth has been fractured or broken significantly, or if the tooth has received treatment for a severe case of tooth decay (such as root canal treatment), then a dental crown can be designed to help you fully restore its health and function.

How the right crown can save your tooth

Placing a dental crown over your tooth requires preparing the tooth by modifying its natural crown structure. Because of this, your dentist will only recommend placing a dental crown on a tooth if it’s necessary to restore and save it. If a crown is the right option, your dentist will custom-design it to closely replicate the tooth’s healthy size, shape, contour, and appearance. This will enable the crown to more successfully restore the tooth’s proper function and help preserve the rest of your bite function more effectively.

Learn if your tooth needs a dental crown

In many cases, the right dental crown can help restore and save your tooth, even if it’s severely compromised. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).